Sunday, November 18, 2007

Ivanhoe

Every year, Brian’s family (on his Mom’s side) gets together in November for a family reunion. It takes place in the middle of the East Texas woods about 1 hour north of Beaumont. It’s always a good time to see everybody and catch up. The main (okay, only) activities are eating, talking, burning things, and playing washers. Good times are had by all!
Ben had a blast this year. He is the perfect age to enjoy the great outdoors and did his fair share of digging, rock throwing, and stick collecting. Thankfully, there is a strictly enforced age minimum for the burning activities. Whew.
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The campfire set up. This is where we spend most of our time. Cop stories
dominate the conversation, as there are 7 or 8 police officers in the family!
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There's always a crowd indoors, too. The TV is tuned in to football,
 or being used for video games. You can't see it, but the dessert table is
always over to the right and I must admit it's one of my favorite
parts of Ivanhoe. :)
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The big kids preparing their s'mores. YUM-MY!
It's a great time to visit and catch up with cousins that we typically don't get to see throughout the year.
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Katie & Lauren - Brian's 1st cousins
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Some of Bri's 3rd cousins - Samantha, Dylan, Harper & Hannah
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Ben giving hugs to Hannah!
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Ben spent A LOT of time being mischievous with Grandad - no surprise there!
There are four siblings in the Lee Family (Brian's Grandma Evelyn, Judy, Charles & Earl). The reunion attendees are their children, grand children & great grand children. Here they are with their spouses:


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Judy, Kenneth, Grandma Evelyn, Jonelle, Earl, Paula & Charles
Group pictures are a must-do over the weekend. Here are the pics of the Davis-Lees!

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Wayne, Ben, Diane, Uncle Mark, Grandma Evelyn, Bri & Me... I think
Terry & Linda & the girls (Katie & Lauren) were gone already. Brad had to
work, so he and Jess couldn't make it. :(

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Big smiles - we had a lot of fun!
We were lucky that Brian was able to get off for Ivanhoe this year... we had a great time! It should only take us about a week to recover from the over eating and smoke inhalation! :)

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