Sunday, July 26, 2009

Summer Thanksgiving

Last summer we decided to have a big feed in June. It was in memory of my sister's father-in-law who used to have a big dinner every year on Father's Day. SFIL has been gone for some years now, but I wanted to do something to thank my brother-in-law for his many years of plumbing, electricianing, and many other saves of my sorry hide over the last 35 years or so. It was a screaming success.

Since we did a whole Thanksgiving type dinner, we, being the clever souls that we are, called it Thanksgiving in June.

This June was cold and wet and miserable, so we decided to do it on the 24th of July. That's a good Utah holiday, so most of us had the day off. We had plenty of guests, but the camera kept heading one way.

There was a baby in the mix. It's a fact that babies are a lot easier to photograph than adults who keep trying to hide from the camera. It's also a fact that SIL is a sucker for babies. What we have in this picture is an Army Viet Nam vet (SIL's dad), a Marine middle east vet, and a baby we all hope won't need to worry about such things. That's what every generation has hoped, to no avail.

Back to the baby. My daughter's babies are 15, 14, 9, and 4. She snags her cousin's baby every chance she gets. A guy can be patient with all these different people hugging and snuggling and loving him up, but there comes a time when he just gets sick of it.

This was that time. He ran out of the good nature that he usually has in generous supply, and wanted his mommy.

Then, on the other side of the good, clean family fun, were the drunken louts. Little devils. Time flies when you're having rum! What we have here is tolerant girlfriend, slightly inebriated cousin, and one of the hammered Bobwey Twins. Her ability for consumption used to impress her hubby's Marine buddies. She could drink them all under the table. And did.

And here we have the Bobwey Twins, although they are legally cousins, they are emotionally sisters. They are also more entertainment that Abbott and Costello, Jerry and Dean, the Smothers Brothers, Cheech and Chong, The Lone Ranger and Tonto, and the Marx Brothers all rolled together.

Can't wait for November Thanksgiving!

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