This week is almost over. And, since it was Mother’s Day, the younger generation cleaned up lunch for me, and I got a NAP. It was most welcome, and it was wonderful!!! And now, since no one else is needing the computer, I decided to post a tour of :
Since the cookout really was for the team, I decided to put some of their pictures first. The first picture is of Michelle, looking over her shoulder, then Nicole in the navy and Keith in the Coca-Cola shirt. On the right is Youngest Son’s girl Jess, Michele, and my nephew, Josh, and on this end of the bench on the right side of the picture is Nicole and Keith again.
In the picture on the left, you have Jeremy and Sarah, fearless team leaders. Middle Daughter, Deborah, is talking to two ex-reachers Normie and Kanina. On the right is Youngest Son, Lem with his Girl Jess.
And there were lots of children. On the left is Carson, chugging a ride on the ever popular train. On the right is Caleb, having a good time on the swings.
Here is Nevin in his stroller, who doesn’t look too enthused about life, but he is still one of our most favorite
people. On the right is the gal we know as Gokum, holding GraceGiven’s little one, Victoria, who really
would have rather been home, from the looks of things.
And this is Ethan, making friends with the dog, and on the right is Danielle, finding some dessert.
In addition to the small fry, there were some of the older ones. On the left, Certain Man and I
are working at getting out the ice cream. On the right, friend Josie, who prays for Youngest Son
every day, enjoys a laugh with CMW’s Sweet Mama, who has been mercifully cropped out of
the picture. I knew she would not approve of her appearance on this picture, but she was present!
Friend John tries the homemade some ice cream and Principal Larry is finishing his supper.
It was a chilly evening, and Gokum was glad for her blanket. On the right, Friend John
eats ice cream with a spoon that means business while Brother in law, Jerrel,
There were many friends of the Team who came to share the evening. Cousin Tim and Friend Jesse join the fun at the supper table, and a good game of Dutch Blitz occupies Youngest Daughter, Friend Caitlyn and Cousin Carmen.
Michelle gets some food while Stephanie supervises the other side of the table (probably a erstwhile son over there) and Gracegiven looks on. Laura and Joanna spend a thoughtful moment on the porch swing.
The younger set gets their chance at the potluch food table, and on the right, Eldest Son joins a table of some of the older set. This isn’t the most charming picture of him, but, hey, he isn’t on many of the other pictures.
There was much mingling of the different generations. Friend Joyce watches while Youngest Sister attacks the job of cutting the peanut better bars that she brought. Later, around the table, Friends Peggy and Elvida chat with Youngest Sister.
Youngest Son sits in the middle of Girl Jess’s family. Her Mom, Lynn, is barely visible all the way to the left of the picture. (She’s busy talking to a friend). Next is Girl Jess’s smiley Dad with the shades and then Youngest Son and Girl Jess. On the right, neighbor Sabrina chats with her Dad, Larry, while Friend Joyce looks on. That pretty hair that you see in the forefront is Neighbor Lillian.
Almost Son Kent tries out the bull horn. (He’s Gracegiven’s hubby). Three generations in the next picture discuss what to put on Caleb’s plate while his Mom looks on and his Grandpa helps him decide. That is Almost Son Ken digging in the potato chips. (V.I.P status, two pictures, side by side, Kent!)
These two pictures caught the deck at one of its quiet moments (most of the time there was a gaggle of girls there, solving the world’s problems). On the left, if you look carefully enough, you will see some fellows at the horseshoe pit. I am sorry that I never got a close picture. Maybe some of the team will have some on their sites, because it was the most popular game of the evening, and much friendly competition was endured . . . er, enjoyed. The right was just a peaceful look out over the other side of the deck.
And the big thing of the evening was making homemade ice cream. Keith from the REACH team helped my mix up the custard for the freezers, and there were many helping hands to turn the cranks until the ice cream was done. In the first picture, Friend John is holding down the freezer and providing the man-power. In the same picture, Caleb, Amy, Youngest Daughter and Niece Edie supervise another freezer. On the right, Nephew Josh and his little sister, Niece Edie are almost done with the third batch. We made almost six gallons and it got all entirely too fast. We should have made at least another 2-gallon freezer full. We’ll know better next time.
And that was the story in pictures and words of the cookout for the REACH team. We miss you all already!