Welcome to the birthday bash and the homecoming. It was Mike’s birthday, and Corey Isbell, my nephew, sister Katie’s son, is home for a visit. A good time was had by all, as they used to say in the good ole days.
“Birthday, shmirthday,” says Dickens. “I’ve got a warm lap and I’m not movin’ for nobody. You’ll have to work around me.” So we did. Check out the little dickens in the next picture.
“idn’t it kinda crowded in here?”
Everybody loves Corey. His smile is infectious, he’s got a great sense of humor, and he loves his family — aunts, uncles, cousins, the whole crazy clan. And we love him.
The family hunks — first cousins Henry Smith and Corey Isbell
Kith n’ cousins — first cousins Corey and Michelle.
Corey’s mother, Katie, my sister.
Corey and Montana are first cousins once removed. This means they were born a generation apart on the family tree. Just because Montana’s mother, Michelle, is Corey’s first cousin, doesn’t mean Montana is his second cousin. It gets complicated.
Okay. Back to first cousins.
Corey and Corey’s cousin-in-law, Tammy, next to Henry. Henry is Corey’s first cousin and he is Tammy’s husband. I just thought I’d toss all that in there just to confuse you further. Gosh! I’m so mean!
Corey, stepfather Randy, and mother Katie. (KISS) Keep it simple, stupid. That’s you, Reader, talkin’ to me.
Henry and uncle (in-law), Randy.
Corey, showing his cousin Michelle how to work the phone camera — I think. Who knows.
Tammy signing Dad’s birthday card. She always picks just the right card, and writes just the right words in it. She also has a beautiful handwriting. That’s a lost art, huh?
Ahhhh. Technology. Phone and phootball. Ya can’t beat it. I can hear it now. “How ’bout a little coverage here, Verizon. Can’t you see I’m on the phone?” Yeah. Technology. It’s here to stay.
Me and football. Henry wanted to see if I could still throw a mean spiral. You be the judge. The ball is in the very top right hand corner of the next picture.
Corey and Henry both played football in high school and excelled.
Uncle Henry teaches Montana how to kick. Apparently, he’s already taught her how to spit.
YAYYYY! Field goal!
The dog, Marley, walks Tammy as she tries to watch the football game.
More family album
Kayla and Corey. Since Kayla and Montana are sisters, that mean’s that Kayla and Corey are also first cousins once removed.
Okay. Pizza is served. And Montana didn’t wait for the mamarazzi to go away. It was lunch and supper combined. Shlupper. Now we have two first cousins and two first cousins once removed in the same photo. Aren’t you thrilled? If you’re into genealogy you would be.
Pizza and dueling photography and too much light. But we’re having fun.
You now know everybody else except the little blonde on the right. She’s Corey’s step-sister, Stacy, though she’s not wicked. She’s actually rather sweet. She just popped in for a few minutes.
And that’s the family tree in a nutshell. Literally.
Now I’ll leave you with this hilarious old song about complicated family trees. It’s called “I’m My Own Grandpa”.