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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

We are family.

I am very blessed to have a wonderful family.  We are all extremely close, not just my immediate family, but also my cousins, extended aunts, uncles – all of ‘em.  We have family reunions and Bunko parties and trips to Natchez to tour old plantation homes and Carter’s shopping trips and weekends in St. Francisville, and the list goes on and on.  I love them all dearly.  I find great comfort knowing I have their unconditional support and love.  I also know that this type of family unit is not typical, and I am truly, truly blessed beyond comprehension to have been born into this family. 

To re-connect on a grander scale, we have family reunions on a bi-annual basis.  It’s the ultimate blast – a live band, tons of games, Cajun food and lots of fun.  If you don’t understand Cajun speak, you’d be completely lost at our family gatherings.  If you don’t like jambalaya and Cajun sausage, well, you’re insane.  So, as we say down in Louisiana, laissez les bons temps rouler.

Consequently, the location where the reunion was held is the home of my cousin Lil' Bit. She watches Anna every week, so Anna was right at home.

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This is Anna’s swing!  She ran right to it and forced her daddy to swing her in it for 5 or 6 hours. editFamilyReunion 014 copy Uncle Trent got in the action and pushed Anna for a while.  Joe welcomed this time to rest. editFamilyReunion 018 copy Time to slide!  I’m not sure why she wouldn’t put down her sippy cup the entire time. editFamilyReunion 020 copy Her bow was ‘specially made by Ro from Bella Mia Bows & Things.editFamilyReunion 022 copy I spy baby butt.  editFamilyReunion 025 copy
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Anna and Lil’ Bit (Elizabeth)editFamilyReunion 063 copy The jumpy thingy.editFamilyReunion 095 copy editFamilyReunion 091 copy 31581_1354522756141_1623623742_865777_3035593_n copy Anna and mom edit29879_1355435419477_1639223875_809802_2649559_n Me, Dot, My Sister (36 weeks pg)

It was a wonderful time! I can't wait for our next reunion.


MSLibLady said...

She is just a doll! And I didn't understand a word of your cajun talk! :)

Raising Madison said...

Anna is just so beautiful and I love her outfit, what a stylish kid.

Then again, I see a picture of you and secretly hate how pretty you are too!

Jennifer said...


Bella Mia Bows & Things said...

thank you for the shout-out! loved making it for anna (and you. lol) shes precious and its so great you have such a fun, supportive family....anna is so lucky to grow up with that, as well!

shes gorgeous!

Victoria said...

I just have a small blog, but I wanted to honor you as part of my celebratory mommy bloggers :)

Lindsey said...

Looks like fun!!

Lindsey said...

Looks like fun!!

Liz @ Bon Temps Beignet said...

I'm so jealous. We used to have awesome family reunions with all the fam that didn't live in NOLA. But then my cousin, who used to host the reunion parties, got the West Nile virus and went crazy and then Katrina hit & no one really got together after that. Do I sound like a Debbie Downer or what? Cue the "womp womp" sounds.

Anna is such a cutie.

Heather said...

Gorgeous pictures of gorgeous girls!

Tamara said...

OMG Natalie, look at you! You seriously look amazing, you picked the PERFECT outfit, you look great in dresses!

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