This past Sunday we drove through lots of rain to Birmingham for Gaines' family reunion (on his mom's side). It's always a good chance to see extended family, including some that we run into only rarely from lands to the north (i.e. above Kentucky). On the second Sunday every year, this group of relatives descended from four Civil War-era brothers gathers at the family cemetery (well, across the street) for a service and celebration-- which in the South, of course, means lots of good home-cooked food! Thankfully, this year the sun came out just long enough for us to sit outside and enjoy fried chicken, potato salad, caramel cake, and all the other yummy treats cooked up just for the occasion. I still haven't decided if it is beneficial or not that all of the important gatherings in our lives involve food.
Here's a fantastic picture from the '91 reunion. I'm so thankful fashions change. (To be fair, I should probably post a picture from a family reunion of mine from about the same time-- Mary Lou Retton had nothing on my haircut back then. If I find it, I will post it someday.)
On the way back, we stopped at a new theater in Birmingham to watch Episode III in all its digital glory. We both enjoyed the movie even more the second time, perhaps due to the fact that it was a matinee and not midnight on opening day.