Monday, June 23, 2008

Our 25th Annual Family Reunion

The 25th Annual Segebarth Family Reunion
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My son Jeremy and I set off last Thursday for an 8 ½ hour drive to Camdenton, Missouri for our annual family reunion. For the past 25 years we have held one somewhere in the United States, depending on which relative hosts it.

We were a bit nervous navigating through Iowa and Upper Missouri because of the flooding that has been happening. Here is the view from our car in Upper Missouri.
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I had to choke back tears as I thought of all the people who have lost everything from this devastation.

We had about 64 family members show up for this years reunion, down from the usual 75-95 because of the many family members who live in Iowa and had to stay home to pump out flooded basements.

We had five generations of family members at the reunion. The oldest being my grandmother, who is 87. Here she is with my son, Jeremy, who would be in the fourth generation.
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The youngest and the fifth generation were my great nieces.
Emilie, Jeremy, Becca
Twenty girl cousins set off in style for their “annual chocolate run.”
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Instead of Chocolate, we ended up racing gocarts!! I think the owners were a bit nervous when they saw twenty women drivers wanting to be on the track all at once!! Now I know where I get my competitive side from.
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Later that night a few of us “younger” cousins set off for a few at the local “Pickled Petes.” I was sober driver, which ended up a good thing because we ran into one of these.
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I have never seen so many good looking men with handcuffs!! Good job Missouri!! Wish I could have taken a picture of them. We did get to watch one guy “try” to walk a straight line. I don’t think, no I know, he didn’t pass.
A great time was had by all!! I think I was a little jacked up from all the caffeine in my coke.
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The next day we had a wonderful picnic at my cousin Brad’s farm. He has such a beautiful place with a pool, playground for the kids and a nice yard for our annual washer toss tournament and volleyball.
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I am so thankful that my kids have been able to get to know their extended family through these reunions.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

OK, so what is a washer throw contest? It is nice that all of the younger generations know their extended family. My daughter knows her first cousins and that is about it. Most of my father’s family live in spread out across the country and each of his sisters and brother only had one child so there never were many cousins on that side of the family.

Islaholic Trixie said...

Jackie...Washer toss is modeled after horseshoes. You have two boxes with a 1 pound tin coffee can in the middle. 3 points for the can, 2 for the box and 1 for being within one foot of the box. We have traveling gold washers for the winning team each year.
This reunion is all on my mothers mothers side.

Steve Cotton said...

Great post. You look like the winners of the Hallmark Family Moments contest. And that is a great thing. I cannot get the six members of my family together for a three-day cruise with a full year's notice.

wayne said...

What a great tradition to keep alive!