My mom headed up the event and spent countless hours this summer putting everything together and I think it turned out really nicely.
Activities included but were not limited to: minute-to-win-it type games, a family slideshow, a family trivia game, and a dinner of hamburgers, hot dogs, plenty of sides and homemade ice cream for dessert.
My mom even made name tags for everyone and color coded them according to generation. (So that she could easily say "Everyone with a blue name tag, gather now for a picture!") And being the teacher/librarian that she is, the family trivia game couldn't be handled with paper and pencil. Instead, everyone got their own game-show style clicker to input all of their answers.
She is such a nut. And the sad (or wonderful?) thing is, I see myself becoming more and more like her every day.
She put me in charge of the slideshow. Everyone sent me old family pics and I put them together into a montage. It was a LOT of work, but I had fun doing it and was happy with how it turned out. (If you're really interested, you can view it here on Vimeo, although 16 minutes of someone else's old family photos will probably bore you to tears.)
And here are some snapshots of the day.
The young (above) and young-at-heart (below) playing the penne-pasta-on-a-spaghetti-noodle game.
(Our family has no shortage of adorable little girls.)
Rivers has mad cup-stacking skills.
Wouldn't be a gathering of our family without plenty of good eats.
2nd generation (Swain's children)
3rd generation (Swain's grandchildren)
4th generation (Swain's great-grandchildren)
5th generation (Swain's great-great-grandchildren) -- I love how Ellie is straight chillin' in this pic
The competition got fierce (ok, maybe not for Heith)!
There's never a dull moment when our clan gets together and this weekend was no exception. It was great to catch up with everyone and spend some quality time with our VA and SC cousins. Can't wait until next time!