Family Reunion/80th Birthday

filed under: Miscellaneous on June 27, 2009

You may continue reading if one of the following applies to you:

1. Your last name is Merschman.

2. You can close your eyes right now and spell Merschman.  Correctly.

3. You recently witnessed *mature* adults throwing themselves down a hill on a slippery slope aided by soap, water, and lots and lots of laughter.

4. You have nothing better to do and can spare and hour to look at pictures of people you don't know, may never know, or might not want to admit to knowing.

If you passed the above criteria…

Welcome!  You must be my family.

It took me awhile to get these all edited, and I believe I still have about 400 or so to do, but this is the jist of it.  After seeing all of your great shots, I have a feeling we all got a lot of the same great shots… so most likely this is nothing new.  Just sit back and look anyway cause you are my family and I am going to quiz you about what happened in picture #47 at Thanksgiving. 

You have been warned.

(Its most likely going to be a picture of my kid so don't worry)

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This is my grandpa (blue polo second from right) and all his siblings.  They have not all been together in one place for years.

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This is a five generation picture.  My Grandma Inga is sitting in the wheel chair, and little Inga is in pink on the left.  My Grandma Audrey is in the red shirt, and my baby Audrey is on my moms lap.  Did ya follow that?  Remember that quiz….

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Mother and daughter.

The relationship is clearly not defined by age or time. 

No matter how old you are, you are still someones baby.

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Did someone mention babies?  Here is my baby Parker.  Cause its been a while since you've seen a picture of him. (wink)

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I just love how everyone is laughing in this picture. 

I almost felt like it should have been the last scene in the movie of our weekend… this picture would flash across the screen accompanied by the theme song to St. Elmo's Fire and this joyous image… this everlasting memory…would slowly fade to black…

Or not.

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Happy 80th Birthday Grandpa Kenny.

The following pictures all contain the image of mainly one person.  My sister Angie.  She was so happy and excited and loved the event so much that every time she stood next to someone new she said, "Where's my camera?  Can you get a picture of us?  Head only!  You know the rules!"

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Clearly, I am not good at following rules.

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This is 'the hill'.

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It was a LONG way down.

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The kids loved it.

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The adults did too.

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I heard a commentary recently on plastic surgery.  One of the side effects is that when one alters their appearance too much they start to lose their resemblance to their family. 

Guess you can tell no one is our family had any plastic surgery.

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I had such a great time… I hope we can do it again next year!

 

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  • He & Me + 3 says:

    Those pictures were great. I am in love with all the plaid. The first picture of your kids is just precious! Framer for sure.

  • He & Me + 3 says:

    Those pictures were great. I am in love with all the plaid. The first picture of your kids is just precious! Framer for sure.

  • debbie says:

    Gotta admit, I did not meet the criteria. However, the photos were still great.

  • Heaven says:

    Cute family, and adorable kids!

  • BP says:

    These pictures are such a treasure. I love how you captured all the various moments and expressions. Thanks for sharing! That hill looks exciting!

  • stacy Ness says:

    Love it!
    Love it!
    Love it!
    Even got a little teary.
    Thanks Amanda

  • Laura says:

    Awesome pictures, looks like SO much fun. Can we come next year? 🙂 Oh and also…Parker is one of the cutest little boys I have ever seen. Is he busy in like 20 years or so? Don’t you think he and Alexa would make a great couple!?! 🙂

  • olivia says:

    AWESOME PICTURES! i love how everyone looks alike! i wish my family was that smiley and willing to be photographed! what a treasure you have!

  • Kristy says:

    Thanks for commenting about my comment on the LPM blog – I found your post on The Message, and read it all. I was surprised that Beth commended it, and thought maybe I didn’t know as much about it as I thought. I just know what I feel when I hear it, or read it – pretty much what you said!
    Oh, and that slip and slide looks really fun – for kids or grown ups!

  • genny says:

    Amanda,
    That looks like SO much fun. You must have a great family!
    Loved these pictures; such fun memories for all the kids, I’m sure!
    Genny

  • Tammy says:

    Love the photos Amanda. And regardless of what you think of your photography I think you are awesome. Looks like everyone had a blast. Where were these photos taken at??

  • Rebekah Clark says:

    If I can spell Merscham correctly by next year can I come too? Now that looks like an amazing family time! The pictures from young to old are truly beautiful and the smiles stretched across everyone’s face is awesome! Loved all the pictures!!
    * oh and we ate at Oceanaire this time around but we did eat at Murray’s last year and it was YUMMY!!!! *
    Have a great week! Thanks for stopping by to say HI!
    Rebekah

  • Karen says:

    Well, clearly I did not pass criteria 1-3, and I don’t really have an HOUR to spare. But I do have hopes of meeting you one day and given the chance, I WILL admit to knowing you. Hope that makes it OK that I looked at the pictures. *grin*
    Looks like it was a great time!
    Thanks so much for pointing that young mom to my blog. I am praying, too, that she will visit and be encouraged.

  • Karen@Surviving Motherhood says:

    Well, clearly I did not pass criteria 1-3, and I don’t really have an HOUR to spare. But I do have hopes of meeting you one day and given the chance, I WILL admit to knowing you. Hope that makes it OK that I looked at the pictures. *grin*
    Looks like it was a great time!
    Thanks so much for pointing that young mom to my blog. I am praying, too, that she will visit and be encouraged.