Robert met many more of his relations at the 2005 Hendry Family reunion. Carolee and Enoch did a great job organizing this year's bash. As it was in 2000, the reunion was held on Tybee Island, GA. Tybee is a lovely island just outside of Savannah. This time around, we stayed at a lovely beach house that managed to have sleeping for 22. If we had not been such a big crowd (the Williams contingent), we would have stayed at Ann and Enoch's beach house.
Of course, the beach is a draw to Tybee. The whole crowd enjoyed it, Robert perhaps the most. His first beach experience over Thanksgiving was too cool to get wet. This time he had a blast playing in the water and waves.
Getting there was interesting this time. Alexandria to Tybee is a bit long for Robert to ride in the car -- even though he's a great traveler -- that car seat gets hot and uncomfortable after several hours. And we had a fair amount of stuff to take with us (and expected to bring some hand-me-down toys back). So we divided and conquered. It's too bad that the only frequent flier seats left by the time we figured out our plans were first class; Robert didn't seem to mind (and no problems with the list this time -- maybe it's just international flights). So while he and Sarah were watching the ground down below, I got to drive through the " Robert Williams" interchange in South Carolina. (If you look at the larger version of the photo -- just click any of the photos for a larger version -- and squint just right, you'll see it's really the "Robert W. Williams Jr. Interchange.")
|My dad and I keeping a close eye on Robert while he's enjoying the beach house's couch. Sam coming into the air conditioning in the background.
|Robert had a great time playing some of his new blocks -- thanks Kate, Sam and Sally, for passing those along.
|Obviously, Robert didn't mind the short car trips around the Island. Like from the beach house to the Community Center for the traditional softball game kickoff to the "official" reunion activities.
|While there was softball outside, Carolee had printed up Leland's genealogy database as a huge banner. Folks were asked to update and correct it (as Kelly is doing below); most of us marveled at how large the family is. (The updated version is available as a PDF file courtesy of Leland.) Also inside the community center, were photos from earlier reunions, 1911 and 1962, and Katherine and Carolee worked on putting names to faces in those photos.
|Robert enjoyed some quality time with his Aunt Susan before showing off his new teeth during the traditional low country boil lunch.
|Following lunch, my dad lead the group in the newly created game of "Which Hendry was that?" That sparked some interesting conversations as different memories of family members and events came up.
|Following lunch, we headed outside to add another Hendry family photo to the history; Robert was very helpful.
|If you would like one of these printed by your local photo finisher, try saving this larger file for them.
|Or this larger file, if you prefer the photo above. Of course you can click the photos above for a larger (but not so huge) version that should print pretty well on a desktop printer.
|After the family photo session, we headed back to the house and to the beach. As I mentioned, Robert really enjoyed the chance to play in the Atlantic.
|Following the beach visit, we had a great dinner starring "Nama's Steak and Onions" and other Hendry/Williams family dishes (some of the recipes from the 2000 reunion). And of course, more stories and reminiscing (and a chance for Sarah to take this 3 brothers times 2 photo).
|Eventually, the party wore down. Most folks headed back home after church the next day (at Enoch's Trinity United Methodist). Sarah, Robert and I spent one more night on Tybee (Robert got some more Atlantic play time in) before heading back Monday.