Sunday, August 21, 2011

What A Day!

Yesterday - one of those great days that will linger in our memories for a long, long time.  Here's why.

The Lloyd and Pat MacKenzie family - all 36 of us
Oops, there's only 35 here.  3-year old Baron decided he didn't want to participate and hid behind the crowd

These are my people - the joy of my life.  To have them all together in one place posing for pictures and having fun together is an undescribable joy.  It makes those seven labors and deliveries, years of growing and refereeing and cooking and cleaning, proud moments and sad, all worthwhile.

We all met at our daughter, Amy's home with its huge back yard and spent an incredibly stress free day. The cousins all got along so well and had such fun with one another that the adults were free to visit and enjoy the time together.

We also had extras attending...our niece Beth, her boyfriend, Vance, her daughter Jade with her husband, Mark and baby Lane, our niece Rachel, her husband Kirk, and four children.  So we had a really full house.  We all chipped in with the food so no one person had to do all the kitchen work and noone went away hungry.

Daughter Sara with husband Quincey, baby Quinn, Max, Elly and Charlie

Son Rob with wife Cindy, Anson and Brooklyn

Daughter Jenny with husband Anders, sons Sam, Jonah, James, Nathan and Micah

Our baby daughter Emily and husband Allan

Daughter Amy with husband Curtis, Kenzie, Sydney, Aidan and baby Tate

Daughter Mary with husband Greg, Layla and Baron

Son Mike with wife Avril, baby Hannah, Kenny and Alex

We had races and games and lots of free play for the kids.  The weather cooperated and we had a lovely sunny warm day.

Some little ones played in the sand pit

Some sat on the shed roof and ate

Others risked life and limb onthe trampoline (no injuries)

We had races

And leg wrestling

And relaxing on the swing set

And apple picking

The men had a one-foot hop race

and another race for the 3-5 rear olds

Who can beat that kind of fun!  It was a happy, happy day for everyone.  Who'd have thought when we got married 40 years ago that such a crowd of people having so much fun was in our future.

Life is good.



My Grama's Soul said...

You are one lucky lady to have such a large, loving family.



Raindrops and Daisies said...

I agree with Grama's Soul
you are a very lucky lady!

Great photos and it is lovely to see them all.

So glad that life is good for you Pat.


Anonymous said...

How wonderful that you were able to get together and have such a fabulous time!!

Holly said...

It just doesn't get any better than that! You have a beautiful family. How truly blessed you all are!

Thisisme. said...

I agree Pat, you are SO blessed to have such a large and loving family. 36 of you. Phew!! How wonderful for you to have them all together like that and to get some good snapshots. Looks like a real fun day.

Desiree said...

How blessed you are, indeed! Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful, happy scenes and family groups with us. I'd say your cup sure was running over this weekend :)

Granny Annie said...

Your photos are so great you make us all wish we had been there. What fun it looks like it was.


What a wonderful time for you and your family. You are truly blessed.

Mickey said...

So nice to look at all the pictures of everyone having fun! Know it all means so much to you! You have a wonderful family & great memories of a successful reunion together! Now the fun of scrapbooking those photos!

Haf Dozen Reasons....... said...

It all looked like you had soo soo much fun!!
Is this an annual tradition now?