Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Family Celebration

We just returned from another trip out of town. This time we were celebrating Terry's mother's 70th birthday. Here's the birthday gal:

From Liz's 70th

I don't think she really looks 70! Anyway, we (Terry's parents, his brothers and their families) all rented a large house on Lake Barkley in Kentucky and just hung out together for a few days. On the last night that we were there, we all got in a circle and read letters to Liz telling her what she meant to us. Then the next morning we all went to Madison, Kentucky, where she was born and spent her first 14 years. We went back to the street she lived on, and she took all 17 of us on a walking tour! I'm not sure what the neighbors thought. We videoed most of it as seeing all the old sites made her keep thinking of stories that none of us had ever heard before.

After leaving Madison, we headed in a convoy down to Tullahoma, Tennessee - where Liz's father's family - The Jennings - have their annual reunion at Rutledge Falls. I think it's pretty cool to have your reunion near a huge waterfall that's actually owned by family members. Turns out this waterfall is featured in the recent Hannah Montana movie.

From Liz's 70th

Anyway, like most reunions there was lots of good food! We also enjoyed singing, playing horseshoes and swimming at the falls. Here's a slide show of our weekend. I didn't take many pics at the reunion because . . .well, I somehow thought Rebecca was going to. Anyway, Miley Cyrus was NOT at the reunion, but I saved the picture in the same file, so it ended up in my slide show.

Now we have returned home and will not travel much the rest of the summer. Three of our four kids were just cast in Cheaper by the Dozen at a local theater, and they will be rehearsing six days a week for the next six weeks! Rebecca got cast in a major role as Ernestine, one of the older daughters, and her younger brothers Nathan and Noah were cast as . . .her younger brothers Fred and Jackie!

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