This time of year, I do a lot of reminiscing and looking at old photographs. Thanksgiving has always been “the” holiday in our family – both Zuniga and Odom. When my dad, Aunt Gail, and grandmother were still alive, we always had Thanksgiving on the actual day at my house. And we would have the Odom family Thanksgiving in Jasper the Sunday before. Soon, we were having our gathering on the actual day in Jasper.
One of the things that remained constant for many years was the annual family photo on the Odom family swing. We have been taking a grand-kids photos for years on the swing but we really didn’t start taking a family photo until 2006. My niece, Kate became our “family photographer” for these photos and we used these photos for our Christmas card too. We were pretty consistent with this for many years until we switched to Christmas in 2015-2016. But for this Thanksgiving, I thought an Odom Family pictorial over the years was in order. Meanwhile, I always like to encourage everyone to take photos so you can reflect back on these times later in life. I’m finding time goes by very quickly and these photos and memories are so priceless.
Here are our photos over the years…beginning with 2006. We were all seated on the family swing and Allen and Rhonda’s dog, Ozzie decided he wanted to get into the picture!
In 2007 – Our 2007 photo was taken after a major family football game in my in-law’s backyard! I’m surprised we were all so put together after all that! Then in 2008, everyone sympathized with Anna Marie by puffing up their cheeks. She had her wisdom teeth taken out a day earlier and was a bit swollen! We didn’t use any of these photos for our family photo, of course, but she was a good sport and posed for photos regardless of how big her cheeks were that year!
I couldn’t locate the photo from 2009. But here are the ones from 2010 and 2011. We included Lucy in the 2010 photo.
Here are the photos fro 2012 and 2013. In 2013, we hosted Thanksgiving in Hoover so we took the photo on our deck.
In 2014, we took our last family photo on the Jasper swing. After that, we had to change to taking the photo after decorating the Christmas tree at our house in order to have everyone together. I’m sure this will continue to change over the years but if we can manage one family photo together a year, I’ll be happy!