Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Family Reunion

Last night we headed over to the Wheelers for a family reunion with one of Mum's sister's. She has 6 brothers and sisters and the youngest Aunty Zoe who is a twin, is down with her husband Jim. Zoe has two children, my cousin's Prue and Jarrod who we grew up with. Jarrod still lives in Launy with his wife Samara and their 3 children but Prue lives in Qld with her daughter Laura. I had not seen Aunty Zoe for 15 yrs. I remember her living on Punchbowl Rd and Abbott St in Launy. Jarrod was a prefect at Prospect and was very popular. I went to St Pat's and had heaps of girls pretend to be my friend so they coul hang with Jarrod.

Aunty Zoe

Jarrod with hsi wife Samara, Luke and Sebastian
On Christmas Day, Prue got engaged to Gordon who is from Nigeria. He has not been home for 6 yrs, having spent 3 yrs in China teaching English and now in Australia for the past 3 yrs. They are thinking of having 2 wedding ceremonies, one in Nigeria and one here. Gordon is one of 8 kids so it would be a real experience for Prue to go over there and meet them all.

Gordon and Jonty

Gordon, Laura and Prue
Mum's 2nd cousin Carl and Jean came too. Carl looks so much like Pop that it takes your breath away. It's like seeing a ghost. Pop died in 1991 and he was the last of my grandparents. The rest all died young. Nanna Cox, Mum's Mum was only 58. Pop Lanham was 65 and Nanna Lanham was 63.
Jim, Carl and Chris

Mum and Jean
I realised how much I missed him and I started to get all teary. I spent ages just staring at Carl, as a flood of childhood memories of Pop and the farm came to me. We had so many cousins growing up and we would all go out to the farm at Staverton (past Sheffield) each year and have loads of fun.

Pop's name is Lyal and I wanted to call Jonty, Jonty Lyal after him but had to compromise on the Jonah. Hey there is always depol - Jonty Jonah Lyal Triffitt :) If our scanner was working I could scan some photos of Pop.

Prue with Jarrod and Samara's youngest, Jasmine

Laura and Jonty
The kids amused themselves with Guitar Hero. It is such a good babysitter!! And then once everyone left, Jayme got out HIS hair straightener. I am told it was his and not Emily's and straightened Hallie's hair.

Check out Hallie's fanta moustache.................

17 comments:

Biggest Sis said...

I love the photo of Prue and Jasmine, Gordon is very photogenic. It made my heart jump when I saw Carl walking towards the house, its amazing how much he looks like Pop, even speaks like him! It certainly was a great night catching up with everyone.

The Kings said...

So nice to catch up with family!!! What a nice day.

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