Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Ross Family Reunion

Before I married in Jonathan's family, I knew exactly what I was getting into. I was inducted early on in I-Hop. Why I-Hop? This is the first exposure to the Ross Twins, who were turning 90 something. Janet's (my mother in law) dad, JB, had a brother named Tony and they were the cutest twins at an old age that I have ever seen. Janet asked me to come along because she thought it might be the last time that I saw them together before one of them passed away. I decided to go without Jonathan, and I was in for a real treat. We were smack dab in the the middle of I-Hop having a big birthday party one morning, eating some breakfast, and we sure did make a scene. Janet, her sister Charlene and cousin Pat were talking rather loud at these two men because they had some hearing loss or better said, "they heard what they wanted to". I guess when you are 90 something, you get the privilege of having selective hearing. Everyone around us was staring at us trying to figure out what was going on, and most were enjoying the show. The two men have passed away in the past 4 years, and I am sad that I never got to spend much time around them. I only get to hear the stories that they left behind.

So onto what this post is about. This last weekend, I finally was able to make it to a Ross Family Reunion and meet the family that came from these two crazy men and their siblings. The Ross family are made up of very animated individuals and I loved just observing the family dynamics. They reminded me of my cousin Johnnie, who would fit in very well. I have never been part of a family reunion, so this was a treat. I spent most of my time connecting the dots and figuring out who went to who! We had it in Edom, Texas (East Texas) and had a fun time eating some great food and shoooing all the flies. (You would have thought it was a plague of flies, but I have to admit, much better than the mosquitoes.)

Leigh and Laura, Jonathan's Twin Sisters (I had them in a summer bible study when they were sophomores in high school, and they always thought I would like their brother! Sure enough, I guess I liked him a little.)

Leigh and Keegs

Shannon is Jonathan's first cousin, and I have really enjoyed getting to know her and her husband Bill. Such a neat couple!

Another one of Jonathan's first cousins, Kurt. (He has such a sweet disposition, and has been very welcoming!)

Mae and Brianna. Don't you love the beginning of babies smiling?? You just can't get enough!

Keeg's favorite past time...swinging! He thinks it is the best thing in the world and squeals with delight! So did Granny J!

Keeg's had fun daddy time..I think he is becoming a Daddy's Boy!

Jonathan decided to take Keeg's on the trampoline. I thought at first, "Over my dead body!!!", but Jonathan was good with him of course!

It was 4 hours up there and 4 hours back all in the same day, but it was fun to have a little road trip to have something to write home about.


The Juarez Family said...

It looks like you all had a great time! Keegan is getting so big and is such a handsome little boy!


Janelle & Ella said...

Sounds like a very fun day!!! I love the daddy/Keegs trampoline pictures!! They are so sweet.

A is for Audrey said...

so fun! love the trampoline oics too! see y'all tomorrow. :)

Nancy Mon said...

I love that Jonathan's sisters introduced you all. That is a great story. Love the pictures. How are you feeling these days? You look like you are feeling good.

Cari said...

Looks like y'all had a fun time at the reunion! Family reunions are fun, but it is so hard to keep up with who is who and who belongs to who.

So, I am confused about how a person "communicates" through blog comments. Should I write answers to your questions in the commment section of your blog or mine? Well, anyway, to answer the question about the brown chair--I don't think you were there when your mom gave it to me. We had gone over to your Mema's because your parents were giving me her old washer and dryer (this was when I first moved back to Mansfield after college)and I commented that I liked this old, brown, velvet-like chair. Your mom asked me if I wanted it and I said yes, so we loaded it up with the washer and dryer. It is a small armchair. I think it used to be in the room where the piano was. Does that ring any bells? You will be glad to know it has served me well--first in my duplex before I had other furniture, then in my classroom, and now in my office at church. I love it and I don't plan on ever getting rid of it! :) Thanks for the call yesterday, I'm feeling better. I'll try to call you soon! Love you! Cari