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Monday, August 6, 2012

The Reunion

I'm sure this is the moment everyone has been waiting for!  lol  Seriously, though, I did promise to share a little about my high school reunion.... so here it is.

First, let me just say thank you to Selenia for allowing me to post these pictures.  The majority of them were taken by her.  She is the wife of Tyson, who you will see a lot in these pictures - Tyson was a great sport throughout the whole weekend... there were numerous times he was the only male amongst us ladies.

(Tyson and Selenia... Thank you Selenia for all the great pictures!!)

Every year, my home town has what they call Stir-Up Days.  When I was younger, there was a rodeo and a carnival that went along with the parade and ice cream socials and watermelon socials and steak suppers - they no longer have that carnival and the rodeo is now held on a different weekend.  That was a bit of a disappointment for me.  You see, I have very fond memories of the Ashland carnival and was really looking forward to sharing that part of my childhood with Chris.  Oh, well.. at least he got to see the annual parade.  With us in it!!

Yes, that's right.. the Class of 1992 had a float in the local parade.  Yes, only a few of us showed up.  Yes, we had a blast... so that's really all that matters... because... No, we did not receive any prizes for our float! lol

We got to tour the high school too.  Wow, talk about something that has completely changed in 20 years.  So much that I would have not recognized the place at all if it wasn't for the fact that it's sitting in the exact same place it was when I went there.  The inside... COMPLETELY different.  Those kids are lucky, let me tell you.  Here's just one little tiny thing that changed - when I went to high school there, we had a weight room that was actually a closet off to the side of the stage in our gym.  It was a closet, I swear.  So you can imagine all of our surprise when they showed us the new weight room.  I wish I had pictures, but let me just say, it would make some colleges jealous!!!

After the parade and tour, we headed out to Thomas Lakes.  Our friend Kathleen's parents live out there now, so they opened up their house to us (Thank you Pat and Rosco!!!).  We hung out, ate some grilled dogs, passed around the Boone's Farm, and celebrated Tyson's birthday.

(Even Chris had a good time!!) 

Saturday evening we all met up at the American Legion in our hometown.  Very casual and very fun.  I laughed so hard for so long that by the next morning my stomach felt as if I had been doing crunches all day!  You know that is a sign of good times.

(we both least we BOTHh had our eyes closed! lol  Sorry, Debbie, I HAD to post this, it's just too cute!!) 
(This is Melissa with me - she and I go way back.. I mean WAY back... we have known each other since preschool!!) 

The best part, of course, was seeing everyone for the first time in 20 years.  At times it was like we had never had that long of a gap.  My goal.. to not wait another 20 years to see some of these amazing people again!

One Year Ago:  Grilled BCT Sandwiches
Two Years Ago:  Greek Honey and Lemon Pork Chops


Big Dude said...

Looks like you were having a fun time. Aren't you glad you're not getting older like your classmates.

Yenta Mary said...

What a FABULOUS time!!! Loved seeing everyone so happy, like you hadn't been apart for all these years - that's how it is with the best of friends, isn't it?

Gary said...

Thanks for posting. I toured the high school at our reunion, too (30th). Agree with you on how it has changed. I have wanted to go back for Stir Up Days but I've never done it. Maybe next year. If we ever meet in person, I'll tell you about my memory from the rodeo when I was a little boy.

StephenC said...

Thanks for sharing all the pix. And the stories.

Pam said...

Looks like you all had a blast!

Biz said...

What a fun time! My 25th was last year, but I couldn't go. I have a twin sister and we have best friends that are twins - we've known each other since we were 8 and still get together every other month!

Here's to old friends!

Debra said...

What a great time! It looks like you had a blast. It is so fun to see people again!

Mom said...

I sure wish I could have been a little fly on the wall to hear all the stories I'm not supposed to know about!

Cranberry Morning said...

That was a delightful post! And yes, I had been waiting for that. Looks like a great time. And you mean you don't ordinarily do crunches all day?? ;-) I laughed at your comment about all the kids have in school nowadays. Every generation thinks the one after it is spoiled - because, of course, they are! So glad you had a good time, Jenn. Funny how there are some people you can meet after so many years and just take up where you left off. It's a good feeling.

Lea Ann (Cooking on the Ranch) said...

I have been waiting for this! And what a great time you had. I missed our class reunion last Summer and felt so sad over looking at all the pictures and fun. You'll cherish those moments forever.

Mary said...

Sounds like a fabulous weekend!

Candace said...

Aw, thanks for sharing these! I am playing catch up today and LOVED this post. It looks like an amazing weekend.