On Friday Jay, Jennifer, Nicholas and Hunt flew to Memphis, met at the airport and rented a car for the drive "home". They were here to surprise Jim when he came home from work.
We left Nicholas sitting at the bar when we saw Jim turn in the driveway. We hid in the hall until he came in the back door. He became suspicious when he saw the rental car, however, he said he really was surprised. Jim's reaction - "Boy, what are you doing here?" Stan drove in later that evening so all of the boys were here to celebrate the birthday.
Hunt, Jay, Nicholas, Jim and Stan
The remainder of the family arrived on Saturday. The surprises continued as his cousin Ryman and wife Linda arrived followed by his mother Zula and brother Joe and sister-in-law Melva.
Ryman, Stan, Jim, Hunt, Jennifer, Jay, Nicholas, Melva, Joe
Linda, Dorothy, Zula, Myra
Jim, Stan, Jennifer, Jay, Nicholas, Hunt, Joe
Myra, Dorothy (Myra's Mom), Zula (Jim's Mom), Melva
Preparing For the "Photo Shoot"
I enjoy genealogy and photography. I have noticed how important family photographs are, especially group shots, in telling the family story. Some are always reluctant and children don't always cooperate but it is fun to look back and remember events. Sometimes the "photo shoot" can be a fun part of a gathering as well.
Nicholas Driving His Great Grandfather's Truck
In 2008 I took a photo of Jim and his boys in the old GMC truck that belonged to Jim's father.
I thought it would be fun to do it again for comparison and of course with Nicholas.
Here are the two photos.
Helping Papa Blow Out The Candles
The Children's Table
Fun with Uncle Hunt and Uncle Stan
Papa and Nicholas Watching One of Uncle Stan's Videos
In summary, thank you Jennifer for making this happen. It was a birthday to remember.
Thank you to everyone for sharing this weekend with Jim.
Myra ----- ♥Peace