Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Family Reunion and 9/11 Memorial

The second half of September is always filled full! We have my grandfather, my father, Rosey Posey, and Chris's brother's birthdays all in one week. This year, we also had the Casteel family reunion to add to the fun! So this past weekend was a crazy, but fun, blast.

The trip up to Englewood, TN was fun. Bubee enjoyed seeing the GIANT tires being shipped along I-75.

 It was wonderful to see family again. (Above: "Poppy and Kat" my grandfather and his wife)

All of the siblings and in-laws. There are only 4 of the original 11 left, but I am so glad to get to see them.
I must admit that one of my favorite parts of a family reunion is the food. I'm from a southern family and we have SOUTHERN FOOD! There was green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, sweet corn, biscuits, cornbread, rolls, potato salad, fried chicken, honey ham, and probably 10+ trays of deviled eggs. The memories that come back... MMMMMMMM!

After eating the young ones played. Bubee and Cousin R had so much fun with the cars.

And the more seasoned members of the family reminisced. There was a table FULL of old photos and it was so much fun to hear the stories from all my great aunts. I won't boar you with all the pictures I took of pictures, but I will share my 2 favorites:

This is my Aunt Curly (I think). She has always been an amazingly beautiful lady. When she passed away at about 95 years old, she didn't look a day over 60 to me.

Now this picture, I'm not to sure what to say. One of my aunts leaned over to me and said, "See, we invented Twerking back when." LOL, I guess I know now where I get some of my craziness. ;)

On the way out of town, we stopped to get a few pictures. This one is one of my favorites. I just love the small town feel of Englewood, TN.

You know it's a small town when this is your police department. (BTW: There were TWO squad cars parked next to the building)

But I think my most heart stopping moment was seeing this mural painted on the side of one of the buildings.

This most beautiful mural/memorial shows the storm that was brought to our nation on 9/11/01 starting with one plane on a peaceful morning.

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