|My brother Ben entertaining the young cousins- 9 kids and the oldest is 6! Dale (the oldest at 13) found something other than playing ball and Ring around the Rosy to do - eat cake:)|
One of the many joys we have is having the opportunity to meet with so many of you!
Evan and I spent the first week of May in Chattanooga, TN celebrating my cousin Brian Hess' graduation from Covenant College. Brian's whole immediate family was able to go to Chattanooga too. We had a wonderful time getting to hang out.
We got to spend time with an old college friend, who is now a professor at Covenant! And then go to a baseball game with sister Karen's family.
Johnny and Annette Johnson (the couple that I have the honor of working with in Zlin) and their daughter Erin were also able to come out to the cabin and meet and visit with much of the family. They were treated to the very fancy meal of hobo dinners. If you don't know what that is, it's when you take aluminum foil and put ground beef, potatoes, carrots, etc. in the foil and then wrap it all up and cook it over the fire. Very fancy:) It was so much fun!
Two of the great delights of being at my parents' cabin is being outside and getting to catch bugs, frogs, turtles, and even snakes. (I'm trying to teach Evan that even though I think they are all pretty gross -- they are still cool:) ) The other delight is the joy of fire! Since it was still chilly while we were there, we took every opportunity to have a fire!
|Proudly holding a snake that my Dad killed with a shovel|
|Evan and Roger at the Chattanooga Lookout's game|
|Cousins playing cornhole|
|Even Claire was playing cornhole|
|The cousins enjoying ice cream on the porch (L-R) Roger, Evan, Lena, Clarire|
|Then things got a little crazy....|
|Roasting marshmallows! Mnam!|
|Trying to take our own picture!|
|"Uncle" Dave's Band - Telemonster This was a HUGE highlight that included lots of dancing. Really Dave (the keyboardist) is my first cousin, but since other kids call him Uncle Dave that's what stuck with Evan too!|
|Jumping on the trampoline - Evan, my sister Karen's kids, my cousin Rich's kids, and my cousin Erin's kids!|
|Carter (my cousin Erin's youngest) and Roger|
|Photography by Evan|