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This past weekend we attended a family reunion hosted by some wonderful people on my mom’s side of the family.

It was a blast.

We had the opportunity to connect with family we don’t see as often as I’d like, to meet extended family we’ve never seen before and enjoy some really, really good food.

Rather than ramble on and on about it, I’ll just share some photos…

Let’s start with the food. There was a lot of it and it was fantastic.

Especially the pit barbecue.

They dug a big pit, built a big fire, let it burn down to coals, wrapped the meat in foil then in burlap then laid it over the coals. They also wrapped up potatoes in foil and hung them in wire baskets from metal fence posts across the pit. The whole thing is then covered with tin then dirt and left to roast for about 12 hours. There was beef roast, beef ribs and lamb. So tender, so flavorful and so, so good.

First, they shoveled off the dirt covering the beef pit.

Then they removed the tin.

Then you could see meat and potatoes waiting to be taken to the hungry masses.

They grabbed the wire baskets of potatoes and removed them first.

Which, by the way, were so yummy!

Then they fished out the meat.

They took it to a table and unwrapped the meat.

And after letting it rest a few minutes, they started carving.

While the meat and potatoes were coming out of the pit, dad decided to set up another tent. That’s him giving directions.

Young and old alike gathered for a fun time of visiting…

catching up…

and eating.

After everyone was stuffed, photos of family groups were taken.

Which resulted in only a few moments of random chaos.

and a lot of fun.

Thanks to all who worked so hard to make the family reunion a great time for the rest of us!

She Who Has a Great Family

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If you ask me why, I couldn’t give you any good reason I’m feeling particularly nostalgic today.

But I am.

And then I ran across this photo and it made it worse.

My brother Kim is dressed up and ready to go somewhere (if  I have my facts straight, it was his high school graduation.) My brother Doug got stuck holding me and my sister Shelley looks happy for whatever adventure lies ahead.

I love this photo for a variety of reasons.

• It is one of the few photos in existence that shows me with my three siblings. Doug married a year later and started his own family.

• I was cute then (I outgrew that stage pretty quickly).

• My two brothers aren’t paying any attention to the camera because they are both looking at me like I might spontaneously combust at any given moment.

• My sister and I are both looking at someone. That someone probably being my mom who was obviously doing a good job of making me smile.

• When I tell people I was an accidental afterthought to my parents’ first three kids, this clearly illustrates my point. Not everyone brings home a newborn when you already have three kids  who are 19. 17 and 14.

• You have to love the 1970s processing that makes Doug and Kim look like Oompa Loompas while Shelley looks ghost-like.

Sometimes, taking a little walk down memory lane is a good thing.

She Who Loves Old Family Photos

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