*for ease of knowing who's who - "real" family members are in bold, and people that married into the Kennedy family are in italics type
Ever wonder about the "once removed" thing? I'll help you out in case you are confused about how it works - you know what your first cousin is - example Darla and Jeff are first cousins. So Darla's children and Jeff's children are second cousins. So what is Darla to Jeff's children? That is a first cousin with 1 generation "missing" or removed, so any "step down" in the lineage like that is a "once removed" cousin. Hope that makes sense to you!
(Here is a tricky one for you. My brothers Brent & Logan married first cousins Chantelle & Kari. So their children will be to each other, fully first cousins by their dads and fully second cousins by their moms. Weird right?!)
|Uncle Cliff (my Dad's brother), holding his great-nephew Canaan.|
In the background, is Wendy, Auntie Donna (Dad's sister), Lauryn (my sis) and Cathryn
|My kids and Lauryn's kids (first cousins), playing with their second cousin Hayden|
|First cousins Jonas and Nolan (Scott's son and Shelley's son). Since Scott and Shelley are my first cousins, these boys are my 1st cousins once removed|
|Mattea and Kayla playing with the football on the ropes. Their 2nd cuzzies Avalyn & CJ playing right behind them. In the background you can see my cousins Scott, Shelley & Auntie Elva|
|Brooks & Hayden playing with the hose, while Jeremy, CJ & Tessa look on|
|Jeff, helping the kids do something, Dale in the background|
|Grey is borrowing his 2nd cuzzie CJ's hat|
|Uncle Don did not fail us! A very long standing tradition of him giving us (Dave's kids) licorice every time he sees us:-)|
It was a very fun day catching up with everyone. I personally have not been to a yearly Kennedy shindig since 2004! My kids had a blast connecting with their extended family!