Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tennessee for the 4th

We were so lucky to be able to spend the 4th of July with all of Gabe's Dad's side of the family.  We saw most of them Thanksgiving 08, and it had been 10 years prior to their last get together.  So, it has been so nice to see the Smith-Geer-Duncan-Risley's multiple times within the year.  

April, Hannah, me, Nikki, Meredith

Like Father .... like Son ....

Gabe and I with his grandparents:  Nene and Gordon

Saturday afternoon, the guys (and April) played some 
competitive basketball and completely wore themselves out.  
As you can see in the photo below, they had a great time!

We absolutely love every chance we have to hang out with Gabe's brother and sister in law.  Ryan and April are such a joy to be around and are one of the funniest couples!  

Sunday morning we all went to Laurel Church of Christ to hear my favorite father in law preach.  

Our family took up two entire pews, here are a portion of us :)

April and me at lunch

Gabe and his Nene

This isn't the best picture with all looking, but it's the only photo of all 19 of us!

After all of Mark's family left town, Gabe's other set of Grandparents came in town from Corbin, KY to spend the evening with us.  Nana made her famous pinto beans and we enjoyed a relaxing evening of cards and catching up!

This 4th of July was not a traditional 4th, 
considering fireworks were not involved since they're illegal in Knoxville, 
but we were so grateful to be able to spend a long weekend with our family!!

Robin was so generous to welcome us all in to her home.  Thanks again, we know it was a ton of
work and you outdid yourselves.  

We love you guys!

Sidenote:  This post wouldn't be legit without sharing how much we loved being in the south eating the the food we grew up on.  We attemped to eat at Chick-Fil-A three times, but the first two times we didn't have any luck because they closed early due to the 4th and the second time it was a Sunday.  If only we had a Chick-Fil-A in Seattle!!!


czstout said...

Oh Kelsey,

I'm reading this eating Chick-fil-a! I love the chicken mini's for breakfast :) Keep writing, love to hear about you and your fam!


Robin said...

We had an AWESOME time on the 4th! 20 of us were together for the festivities and 19 stayed in Knoxville overnight to go to church together. 12 spent the night here. We had people sleeping everywhere in every room in the house.

It was such a great weekend to be with everyone. Kels, thanks so much for making the effort to be with all of us for this weekend.

We are looking forward to many more times like this through the years. Thanks for putting in on the blog. You are a sweetie!

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