This Labor Day weekend was Lobster Fest for our family. Hard to believe this was the 7th Annual...also hard to believe it just keeps getting better and better. Whenever we are all together, at some point I always look around in wonder at the group we've become. My parents' sixteenth grandkid is on the way and it just keeps growing.
The fifteen grandkids (all 12 and under) LOVE each other and get along so well. One thing I noticed as I was going through pictures is how they switch up partners on their own. Sometimes the sweet 10 year-old girls are being girly off by themselves and other time they are pushing a 2 year-old on the swings or giving the baby a bottle. So sweet.
Like most families, we are not without our fair share of dysfunction, but I have to give thanks for God's grace in our lives and for his blessings that have allowed our family to grow into the wonderful group that it is. Tonight...my heart is full.
The weekend kicked off on Friday afternoon. My sister Amy's house was the meeting spot for us in CT, my brother in RI, my cousin in PA and my aunt and uncle in NY. She served up lots of good, casual food and we caught up on the last couple months since we'd seen each other.
I didn't take too many pictures, but some swam and the kids ran around outside and we laughed and cried together (in a good way :). I like this of me and my man. My family was joking that they thought Shaun had left me and I was just covering up by saying he was working on the apartment....it'd been a while since he'd been around. Have I mentioned we're happy to have him back??
Can't even take the cuteness that is Aiden right now at 25 months.
Shaun and my uncle went to the driving range and we met them at my sister Bethany's house.
Our hosts, my sister Bethany and her husband Chris.
Trevor figured it out pretty quick and gave the wrong answer to the question. When she said Wrong! he gave a fist pump and said YES! Amanda's turn was coming up and I SO wish I'd had the video going because I knew exactly what her reaction was going to be if she was sent to the "third round".
Here we are (just missing my mom's husband, who was not feeling well). What a crew! We retired the tye dies and had t-shirts made up. Yay for another great year!
On Monday, the guys caught a 9 am tee time. While they were doing 18, we gathered back at my sister Amy's house for fun in the pool, bike riding, cards and fun. Finally we said good-bye with grateful heart for each other, for beautiful weather, for another good year.
If you have six minutes and would like to see more from the weekend, I made a little slideshow: