It's a Family Tradition

One of the reasons Emerson and I stayed in Texas for so long was to attend our annual family reunion. This year was the 61st year, and up until I got married and moved away, I never missed a single one. 
(The community building in Andrews, TX where the reunion has taken place for the last 58 years.)

Unfortunately, since 2001 I've only been able to attend 3 reunions. So I was beyond thrilled that I would get to go this year and take Emerson along with me. My brother, sister-in-law and nieces got to come down too. That was a real blessing! My brother works in Africa half of the year so it's rare for us all to get together and even more so to be able to all attend the reunion.

This was our first reunion without Grandmother and I know everyone there was missing her! It just wasn't the same without her there, but my parents and her brother and cousins did an excellent job of organizing, cooking, and setting everything up. We were also lucky to have Grandad there.
 Here he is with his big brother. Pretty neat, huh?
He loves Emerson and she loves him too!

During the reunion, we did all of the normal reunion things.
We ate and ate and ate some more.
We gave lots of hugs and kisses.
We swam.

And we spent some time on the playground. Even though it was pretty hot!
And looked pretty darn cute while doing it all.
Of course, no reunion would be complete without a group shot. We didn't have a huge group, but it was still neat to have so many of our family members there.
And just for fun, here is a picture of the reunion in 1959. It was taken in the same building and on the same stage. My mom is on the front row (6th from the left) and my grandparents are in the back right corner.
Things have changed just a little bit since then but I'm so thankful that the reunion is a tradition that has lived on from one generation to the next. And I'm even more thankful that we were able to be there this year!

Stephanie said...

Wow, this is so cool that your family has such a big reunion every year, and that it's been a tradition for so long! I love seeing all the generations together, I'm really glad you and your brother were able to attend this year!

Petchie said...

Wow!! what a great family tradition!!


Anonymous said...

That is so fun! Great pictures! I love your blue top too :) Thank for sharing!

Rebekah said...

What a fun time! I think it's amazing that the family reunion tradition has gone on for this long!

Joeylee said...

Since getting together with Jason they do family reunions every year and there a lot of fun to catch up with people. How fun. That last photo is really cool.

Mateya said...

How fun! So neat that they have continued to do it for so many years!!!

Does your SIL and the girls stay back in TX while your brother is in Africa?! How interesting that you both have lived in Africa too, not many people can say that! :)

Mom said...

Love your post. So glad to have you all there this year. It was awesome.

Kelli Kegley said...

How awesome!!! Im glad you got to be there and show off your sweet girl!!! And holy moly you and your brother are TWINS!!!

Meg O. said...

How fun! Looks like y'all had a blast. I wish my family had more reunions. My husband's family, on the other hand, has a ton! :)

Christa said...

What a great family tradition! That's awesome that is has been going on for 61 years!

Beth Ann said...

That is remarkable that they've kept it going for so long! Glad you got to go! You look great and I love E's Elmo dress! ;)

the workaholic momma said...

WOW...that is really cool that you guys have been having family reunions for that long!!! Your pictures are beautiful as always and it looks like everyone had a lot of fun:)

Leeann said...

You look so darn pretty Tami! :) I love your hair long and dark, but I'm sure you have a different opinion... haha
I also LOVE the picture of Emerson about to jump in the pool... the ruffle butt and whats left of the baby chub legs melts my heart. I hope I get to meet her someday.
miss you!


Mandy said...

So glad that you and E got to go this year!! I know it meant a lot to your mom, too! Loved seeing all of the pics!!

luvbnmom said...

What a blessing to be able to keep a tradition going for so long! Great pictures and I know that you all had fun. You and E look great!

Kelly said...

That is SO SO SO cool!!! We used to do big family reunions every year, but sadly they stopped. :( Maybe I need to restart them myself!

Carissa said...

Love reunions!! What a great tradition! It's always fun to get together with family!!

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