Summer Family and Friends Gathering

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The big smile on my face is in anticipation of a fun-filled day at our Summer Family and Friend Gathering, which is held every July in Milwaukee at our youngest daughter’s home.  Separated by thousands of miles, I look forward to this gathering to reconnect and create new memories with my Midwest family and friends.

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As soon as we arrive the first game begins.  Everyone is given a strand of beads with instructions not to cross their legs or arms for the entire day. When you see someone with a crossed leg or arm, you can take their beads. I am a leg and arm crosser and someone always takes my beads within 10-15 minutes.  At the end of the day, Damien had the most beads won the prize.

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Miles, Justin and Damien

The teenagers practicing to play a basketball game scheduled for later in the day.

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Cameron

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Cameron and Kaleif

Before the golfers arrive to takeover the putting range, this little guy asked his mom, “How do you play this game”?

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The younger children waiting for the ready, set go with hopes of winning the Fastest Runner Prize.

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One of the most popular games of the day is the three-legged race, enjoyed by the younger children, teenagers and adults.

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Lyric and Ava

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Kertaeja, Tianna, Kaleif, and Cameron

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Tiyawn and Leslie

Twister is a game that my adult grands played and it still is a favorite with the younger kids.

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Justin, Savannah, Miles, Damien, Lyric, and ?

We also recognized newlyweds, Tiyawn and Leslie Walker.  They tied the knot on June 16th.

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Leslie and Tiyawn

I couldn’t end this post without a HUGE THANK YOU to my BEST FRIEND FOREVER and CO-GRANDMOTHER, CEBBY.  Knowing how much I rely on photos to remind me of times spent with friends and family throughout the year, she captured and surprised me with some of these photos and many, many more.

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Bonnie and Cebby

 

8 thoughts on “Summer Family and Friends Gathering

  1. Family should be fun, death has made my own family sad beyond words and at the moment beyond healing, but in time…who knows, maybe they will be healing ❤

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  2. I can’t recall any reunions I’ve been on but this sure made me regret not having one! What fun!! I can’t believe those kids racked up so many beads. Some serious arm and leg crossers in your family lol. And the newlyweds look like a beautiful couple 🙂

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  3. I have missed reading about your family reunions. They always look like so much fun. I love the idea of the bead game. I would have lost very fast too as I’m always crossing my arms, legs and feet!!!

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