We got back from our family reunion at almost 8:00 tonight. It was a lot of fun – it always is with my family. We didn’t have nearly as big a crowd as the one 3 years ago, but still a good number. Here’s a few pictures. Bethany took a bunch of good ones with her camera, but it’s not digital, so she has to develop them first. Since she is the photo tech, she’ll probably do that Monday.
This is the house you saw in the previous pictures. My great-grandfather actually built a smaller house when they first bought this property, which is 75 acres. It is part of the original land grants from Mexico to Stephen F. Austin, allowing him to move 300 U. S. families to an area of Texas between San Antonio and the Brazos River. It was then still part of Mexico. My family bought it from the family of one of the “original 300’s”, and my great-aunt, Annie Mae, still has the paper proving it was part of the original land grants. My great-grandfather later built this house. The original house still sat on the property for years, and when my grandparents married in 1935, they lived in it.
This is my dad, Walter (right), and his sister and brother, Martha and Mike. Steve is behind Mike making bunny ears. Mike would do the same if he had the chance. He’s a cut-up. Mike was 13 when I was born, and he always tells me he should have smothered me in my crib when I was a baby. I give him just as much grief.
This is Brandon (my son) playing my uncle Mike’s guitar. The guitar has a sticker on it that says “Made in Korea”. Beth wanted to send Ethan the sticker, since he, too, was made in Korea.
This is Bethany (my baby ) and my cousin’s daughter, Randi. Beth will be 20 on May 4, and Randi will be 20 in December.
This is my youngest sister, Heather and my parents, Walter and Sherry. The second pic is Brandon and Rachael (his fiancee).
My sister, Laurie (with husband Ricky behind her) and my uncle, Gerald.
And finally, my uncle Mike and his oldest son, Robbie. Robbie will be 41 in 2 weeks, but already has 2 grandchildren. The newest was born last week.
When Beth gets her pics developed, I’ll see if there are some others I can post. Today was fun, but I am exhausted.