Toni Moore is my cousin by marriage. Her husband of 26 years, Commander James Moore of the Sheriff’s Department (deceased) is my first cousin. Our fathers were brothers. But, our relationship goes deeper than that. I attended High School with Toni and introduced her to Jim. While visiting the archive, I discovered she was planning a family reunion and she asked me to join them. The afternoon of the Archive meeting, March 16th, I went with her to Costco to shop. Toni is handicapped and can’t drive. On the 17th, it was St. Patrick’s Day, she took me out to dinner for corned beef and cabbage. I think we licked the plates clean.
Her oldest son is Kurt Moore. He and my son Ken are close in age. We raised our kids together, often camping since no one had any money in those days. We all lived on tight budgets.
Her middle son, Todd, was closest to my son Doug’s age, and the two of them were pals growing up. Toni’s youngest son, Barry recently died and everyone is still trying to heal from loss. Todd lives nearby and is indispensable, taking Toni to her appointments, shopping and helping Todd keep up the place. He has one daughter, Briana, and I somehow failed to get a picture of her and her boyfriend.
The relationships get complicated for me to keep straight. Kurt’s youngest children Teddy and Alex, with Gramma Toni are the reason for the reunion. They live on the East coast with their mother and visit twice a year. They normally come for Easter vacation and this year came early. So, Toni planned an early Easter.
Always smiling, Leslie Nolan, is Bob Moore’s partner, who is a brother to Jim. He doesn’t like having his picture taken and ruins your picture, if he has a chance to. You have to get one surreptitiously.
Here he is with his nephew, Teddy.
Kurt’s oldest daughter, Sandy arrived with her husband Josh. Kurt’s son, John is serving in the Army and couldn’t attend.
Now, this is Grandpa Kurt, hauling Sandy’s two newest members of the family over his shoulder into the back yard. He knows a little about how to handle young boys. They are Caleb and Jacob ages six and four, recently adopted.
It rained off and on all day, but no one melted. The kids played bean bag toss. Emma, Sandy’s daughter teamed with Teddy and Alexandria, Sandy’s half-brother and sister, and her father Josh.
Emma gets a big jump closer because she is the shortest and youngest in the game. Cousin works as well as any moniker, and “cousin” Teddy doesn’t mind.
As the day went on, the kids turned to hunting for treasure. Caleb is trying to figure out how to get up in the tree holding an egg.
An egg hiding in plain sight, up high, gives the older kids a shot at the eggs. Some contain money, some contain candy or little toys.
Heavy competition comes with a smile as Bob and Josh pair up with…
…Todd and Kurt.
Looks like Josh nailed it. The rules are much like horseshoes.
The kids enjoyed their treasures. Emma, in Easter finery, with a full bag.
Jacob enjoyed a green chick that is special because it has a squeaker inside.
Caleb liked his rubber Easter chick, too.
After dinner, everyone enjoyed dessert. Emma looking sweet 16 instead of 12 with frosting pink lipstick.
Alexandria, kissable in blue, is a freshman in High School.
Emma with her frosting lipstick plants one on cousin Alexandria.
Caleb wanted to try my camera. A quick learner, he took a bunch of pictures and did quite well.
This picture by Caleb is a tad blurry. But, not bad for a six year old’s first time with a sizable camera.
This one was my favorite, where he caught his little brother taking pictures with my phone. Maybe photography in his future, but without a doubt, a good time was had by all. HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE.