I'm not sure why we thought it would be a piece of cake to get a picture of a large extended family group with 11 kids in it, but we tried! Little did I know that my own
immature silly husband would be the biggest problem because of his antics during the photo session!! (Those pictures were quickly deleted!)
This picture represents my grandmother's family: our matriarch (Helen), her three kids and their spouses (Judy and Ben, Tom and Rosemary, and Dotty and Darryl), five grandchildren and their spouses (Mary Susan and Chris, T and Karen, Ben and Mary, Amy and Bruce, and Matt and me), and 11 1/2 great grandchildren (Owen, Clara, Andrew, Sara, Caleb, Jacob, Hannah, Anna, Abby, Lily, Lucy, and soon-to-be-born baby Thomas!) Shew...I think I got everyone!
The great-grandkids, ages 1-10
While this photo shoot wasn't the easiest, I'm grateful for my close-knit family and the sweetness of our time together a few days before Christmas. My kids always love playing with their cousins, and this year's ridiculously warm weather allowed them to have a picnic on the deck (and the announcement from Anna that she was going swimming, but that plan was quickly squashed!) Fun times!