Yaddi, Yaddi Yaddi...
So, FIVE years ago we threw reunion in HONOR of my Cancer Battling Grandmother! To read how WONDERFUL she was.. [yes, I used past tense] Go read - Family, Family, Family!
I vote it being the best blog i've written... mainly because it was about Ganny- When you read it... You will see why!
ANYWAY - This year we've dedicated this reunion to my Grandpa
- Richard Donovan
My entire Life I've lived here in Georgia, while he stayed up there [as in NEW YORK (parents are orignally from) and remarried] So, I don't have the relationship with Grandpa as I did with Ganny! SAd to say... Yes it's true! In the past few years [about 4] I've gotten to know him a little better.
I do know he LOVES Westerns. That being said... Super Woman [MAMA] and her badself went along with it and made this Reunion a Western Theme.
Donovan Family Reunion 2010
July 8th - 11th
[This is the Immeditate Family. No 2nd Cousins, 3rd Uncles, or Great Aunt Sallys]
We had two teams
The Red Team
The Blue Team
The Team that Won
Picked from the Gift Table
[You will see each person wear red/blue bandana
somewhere on their body while playing games]
Gift/Thank You Table
The Center Pieces
Thursday - July 8, 2010
We were still waiting on LOTS of family members to arrive so we basically hung around,
swam, ate, and caught up on lost time!
The Heart of this entire weekend...
Although lots of family members are credited hard work...
This Woman is the Root of everything...
This is my Mom, Ellen!
My Grandpa &
my youngest niece, Emily Grace
I was in charge of the games the whole weekend...
YUCK = NEVER AGAIN
It was pretty stressful.
Not sure if you caught were I called my family competitors or not, but...
it can get rough...
Put it this way... I lost my voice for THREE WHOLE DAYS
trying to talk over them.
Let me explain how I did it.
I bought red and blue pom-poms from the craft section.
Besides the Childred 13 & down
Each Member drew a color pom-pom out of a big...
this way no one picked teams...
Okay, so it was the only way to be fair!
I did this on Thursday, so Friday Morning the Fun could start!
This Next Photo is Me & My bro in law organizing...
Each person got the colored bandana they chose and a GO TEAM #1 hand to wear on their finger!
Each game had a total points
Which color team won...
Won the Points.
Friday July 9th,2010
Let the GAMES begin!
Meet the RED TEAM
[Minus - My Aaron, Chelsea, & Zach]
Meet the BLUE TEAM
We started off playing
The Egg Toss
Simply how it sounds.
Choose a partner [on your team]
Stand Three feet apart
Toss the Egg
Step back a foot
until the last person stands with the egg they started with
The Kids First
Then the Adults
Red - Won [kids & adults]
Simply how it's usually played
only blind folded...
[Stole this from Ellen Degeneres]
RED - won [by 2 seconds]
So - The last reunion I skipped out on this one...
I didn't this time and wish I would've...
I literally thought I was going to die! [die = drownd]
Jump in FEET FIRST
Your hands and head have to be in the sweatshirt properly
Must be out of the pool when exchanging sweatshirts
Winner = My Niece Chloe
Although there were CLOSE calls
[She actually finished her waaay down to the rind
AFTER the comptetion was over]
[You fixing to witness my competitive side....]
The Winner - My Brother Brian
Later that night -
My Aunt Amy & Aunt Irene Mastered in
I know right.. A little scarey!
If you knew my family you'd understand!!!
We're ONE OF A KIND
I tell ya!
Aunt Amy made ALL the Skirts by hand
Aunt Irene spent many hours putting together the dances
and learning how to Docey-Doe!
Although we ended up kinda just doing our own thing...
It was HILARIOUS!
Hand Clap for Aunt Irene...
Clap Clap Clap
This is Grandpa
his Children minus Aunt Sue...
She was Sick an
d couldn't make Square Dancing!
Saturday July 10, 2010
AFTER getting ready
Off to my Parents...
Bobbing for Apples
Blue Team - Wins
There are coins [$$] in the apples
whatever team collected the most money
There is no skill...
This game is a LOT harder than it looks...
Just get any apple!
I LOVE the way my niece Ashlyn is watching me...
Below: My Aaron
The Obstacle Course
It was based on whoever had less time combined!
2. Run the Tires
3. Find YOUR TEAMS bandana in the pool full of toys/bandanas/soap
4. Kick the Ball between the Sticks
5. Wheel Barral Race
7. Run the Stairs to grab 3RD bandana
8. Swim the Pool
The time is STOPPED when the THREE bandanas are placed on the diving board
This is the LAST two from each team..
That's how close it was...