baby Megan taking a break with Sher
We get together and celebrate with the traditional pitch-in and fireworks, but the heart of the gathering is the bocce tournament. We draw numbers to make teams of two and compete in single elimination form. And let me tell you, the competition gets fierce!
My cousins, Tim and Mark, losing quite graciously (Is that possible in this family?)
Giving it my all
Hubby made a respectable run, but lost in the semifinals (also to the overall winners).
Competitive bocce takes serious concentration!
Someone (who shall remain nameless) didn't get the real prizes picked up in time, so Dad and Colin will have to receive their custom hats at a later date.
After bocce came the real competition. Junior bocce! All the little ones (and some that aren't so little anymore) get to play their own bocce game. My kids thoroughly enjoyed it!
I love this tradition that my family has. I forget exactly how long it's been going on, but I think it's been over 25 years! That's amazing! We even have a lovely trophy that the winners can proudly display during their reigning year as bocce champs.
Don't you wish you could have something this classy for your home?
And my favorite picture of the day goes to my cousin, Homie Dave...(yo!)
A fun time was had by all! (Well, except for mom, I guess...)