To be fair, we also packed up a bunch of clothes that Juliette has rather suddenly grown out of. Seriously, little girl...when did you start getting so big?
Anyway...so the three of us piled into the car and headed to Bluegrass, Iowa (a suburb of Davenport) to visit family on Kathy's side. We don't get to see them much, since her family is fairly well spread out. She's one of ten kids, and the rest of the family lives in Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa and Colorado. But we try to get together once a year for the purpose of awarding a new champion with the Family Classic Trophy.
Seriously, the competition has been fierce and bitter in past games, and this year was no exception. But before I get to that, I have to tell you that Juliette's world was thrown into outer orbit this weekend when it comes to aunts, uncles and cousins.
See, Jules only has one aunt and one uncle on my side of the family, and they're here in town. And that one local set comes with a pair of cousins, Madeline and Lydia. Pretty manageable for a three month old little girl. But get together with Kathy's family (and they weren't even all there, we were missing two on a trip to Paris for their fifteenth anniversary and one couldn't get away from work) and suddenly, it's relative overload. But, Jules seemed to enjoy it. She got to see Grandma and Grandpa again, which she enjoyed.
|Grandpa got fuzzy since last we saw him|
She also got to see Aunt Lisa again, along with Aunt Lori and her boyfriend Justin. But then came the wave of cousins.
|Morgan takes a swing at the Pinata|
|Kaitlyn's refrain: "Can I hold her?"|
|Andrew took the 2010 Family Classic Win, and, thus, gets the trophy for the year.|
|Jake also wanted some candy|
|Madison also liked to hold Juliette|
|Max: the man with a million costumes|
Of course, we had to get a picture with all the grandkids gathered around Grandma and Grandpa.
|The whole gang|
But let's not forget that while in Davenport, we had some serious business to attend to.
|"Trick or Treat, Smell our Feet. No, Really, They're disgusting after walking all over the neighborhood."|
|Kathy and I went as new parents too tired to come up with actual costumes.|
Now, to the competition.
Per the usual, there was a lot of boasting and trash talk beforehand, not least of which came from this guy:
|Steve: "There's no way you're going to win, you shouldn't even try."|
For the record, the game was Bingo Blackout.
Allow me to repeat that: Steve was talking trash about our skills at a random game of chance.
Okay, now that you've let that sink in...
I guess there's no suspense left, as you already saw that Andrew carried the day, leaving Steve only slightly deflated (there's always next year). We got the past winners all together for a group photo afterwards.
|The Winners, past and present|
I would just like to point out that I hold the record for least amount of time in the family before winning the Family Classic Trophy. Less than a week after Kathy and I got married, we held the 2004 competition and I won. Granted, I took part in the 2003 Bowling tournament, but I was roundly pummeled due to my complete lack of bowling skills.
After the competition, it was time to bring out the Piñata.
|Lance poses with the Piñata|
|Uncle Dan watches as Jules takes a swing|
All in all, it was a great trip! Thanks to Uncle Dave and Aunt Ninfa for hosting, thanks to Aunt Kristie for reserving a block of hotel rooms, and Happy Birthday to Aunt Carissa! Juliette loved getting to know all of you a little better, and can't wait to see you all again (plus the three that were missing; Paul, Jen and Erica).
|That was fun, but I'm ready to go home now|