My sister Ilene, front and center, is the oldest and is now enjoying calling herself the family matriarch. How did it happen that we are now the old people? I am second oldest, then my sister Laurie, on the left, then brothers Henry on the left and Don on the right, in birth order. ↓
Here we are with our spouses: my Tom, Henry with his Cindy, Laurie's Arnold in the center back, and Don with Sheree. Ilene was recently widowed, and we miss will Mike at these gatherings.
In the next photo we have the "mature" cousins. Kathy and Marshal, back left, and Lila, right front, are Norquist cousins, from our Dad's family. Kris and Dan, back row, are Hofstetter cousins, from our Mother's family. ↓
This good looking bunch is the next generation, all first cousins: back row - Andy, Jake, Katie and her husband Troy, Ben, Tim, Stewart; front row - Jordan, Jill, Ben's wife Ericka, and Tim's wife Kathy. Looks like we're missing Andy's wife Jody.↓
It took some work to get the third generation to settle for their photo. They are a busy bunch and a little to clever for their own good. These kids are all first or second cousins: in the back - Hans and Nathan; in front - Irene, Hannah, Mia, Heidi, Larson, Oliver, and Isaac.
There are more of us, of course. Ilene has another son and a bunch of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Two of Henry's three kids live across the country, and he has three grandchildren, with more on the way. Don and Sheree have three children living in the east and the south with grandchildren yet to come.
With all the posed photos, there were plenty of photographers.
There were a few hi-jinks with the "adult kids" too.
And there was lots of eating and visiting.
Niece Katie surprised us with an anniversary cake! It was our 46th anniversary on Sunday.
We shared the spotlight with Henry and Cindy, who celebrated their 6th anniversary the day before.
Impromptu posing led to this sweet pic of cousins and good friends Katie and Jill.
And here's that kid who hates to have his picture taken. Ha-Ha, Isaac, you knew you risked being published!
A good time was had by all!
As you notice, we were outside most of the time. It was about 60 degrees with light clouds and no sprinkles, just what the planners ordered.
Thank you very much to Laurie and Arnold for all of the work that went into arranging and preparing for and hosting this event. It was a great success.