Friday, May 29, 2009

Litton Reunion 2009

This past weekend, we met up with Jim's family for the annual Litton Family Reunion. Every year on Memorial Day, Jim's whole extended family gets together for a long weekend of fun, food, worship, and relaxation. It is always such a joy to be with everyone. Jim has a ton of cousins who are all close to the same age. Most of us all went to ACU at the same time, as well as the added spouses. So besides being family, we are all really good friends. I mean, Jim's cousin actually married one of his college roommates. All together, there were 20 adults and 9 kids under the age of 7...all staying in one house. It was a little more interesting this year, having an extremely fussy newborn with us, but still really fun. With everyone one year older, the great-grands had a ball together this year. Here are a bunch of pictures from our time together. You will have to excuse the amount...I just couldn't narrow them down!

Here are all of the cousins...well, as we are called, the "absolutes" and the "grafteds."
Grandmother with her two newest great grandbabies.
Grandmother with all of the great grands...
And the even better shot of the rest of everyone on the other side,
trying to get the kids to smile...

Anna Lee had so much fun with all of her cousins...especially the girls! Who knew the Disney princesses could provide such a bond?

On Saturday night, all the adults had a family trivia game. It was fun, loud, and competitive. A big thanks went to Jennifer for putting it all together for us.

Reading some Bible stories with Grandmother before bed

Brother and Sister with 2 new baby boy cousins...

Anna Lee enjoying some time with the men...

Matthew was quite the fisherman this weekend. I loved this shot of him.
Anna Lee with Pops watching the fishing

Briana was so sweet with all of the kids. She gave me lots of appreciated breaks from holding J.D. The kids all loved her too! We can't wait for her wedding in October! I loved how Anna Lee was looking up at Matthew in this shot.

One of my favorite parts of our reunion weekends is our family worship time. It is such a special time of singing, reflection, and prayer. We are so thankful to have a family that wants to spend time doing those things together.
One of Jim's cousins, Larissa, and her husband Kyle and daughter Shaye just moved to Peru to be missionaries. We are so proud of what they are doing there, and love them so much. We missed them being at the reunion this weekend, but the kids had fun getting to talk with them on Skype. Here is a shot of everyone gathered around the computer.

A bunch of us gathered in a bedroom one night while the kids were "performing" songs.
It was so fun!

This was a shot of Grandmother with J.D. I mainly liked the picture because you can see how much J.D. has grown!
I caught this shot of Matthew stealing some mint Oreos one afternoon after swimming.
I just thought it was funny!

And two other little mouths got into the Oreo bag as well...

Having fun swimming with Daddy

Jim's parents with the gang
We had such a great time! Can't wait until next year!