We're having an informal family reunion this weekend. With me and Lloyd, our seven children, their spouses and children, there'll be 36 people involved as well as a couple of nieces and nephews and their spouses and kids who got wind of it and want to participate.
It all started with Mary, who lives across the mountains in British Columbia, our only child not living in Alberta. She and her husband are runners and were planning on running a half marathon here in Edmonton this weekend. She decided that since they were coming all that distance (a 12 hour drive through the mountains) we should see if the other out-of-town siblings could come to Edmonton for a few days too. She bullied (very nicely) her sisters and brothers and in-laws to sign up for the 5km and 10 km races, if not for the half marathon. At last count we'll have one son, three daughters, one daughter-in-law, one son-in-law, and two nieces running. Mary's 7-year old daughter, Layla, is registered to run one of the kids races too.
I'm hoping at some point all 36 of us will be together in one spot so I can get a group photo of our family. It'll be fun trying.
The last time we all got together was three years ago for my 60th birthday. Here's what we looked like then. Two people are missing from the picture and we've had four new additions since then.
|MacKenzie Family Reunion 2008|
So, today and tomorrow I'll be cooking and cleaning. Amy is coordinating a pot luck lunch for Saturday, and those of us who live here in town will be hosting families for sleepovers. And the weather seems to be cooperating so it should be a good time.
And you can bet I'll be posting pictures.