Tuesday, July 28, 2009

1989 Was HOW Many Years Ago????

For the past several months I have been anxiously waiting for/looking forward to/dreading/worrying about/ excited about my 20th high school reunion. Honestly I think reconnecting with many classmates on facebook created a lot of enthusiasm for many of us for the reunion.

I moved, along with my husband and daughter, from my hometown of West Plains, Missouri eight and a half years ago. Each year we usually go back to visit family for vacation, but every year until this one, those vacations have been during WINTER for Christmas or Thanksgiving! You'd think knowing how much I like SUMMER and how much I hate being COLD it would not have taken me NINE summers away to realize I should go back "home" during the summer!!! But, no, it did take me that long to plan a summer vacation and it took my 20th reunion to get me there in summer. I had a wonderful time at all my reunion activities and have since decided that vacations in Missouri will be in summer from now on!

Among the reunion activities, the one attended by the most alumni was our reunion dinner. The food was great and I think everyone had a wonderful time visiting and catching up with one another.

Before we headed out to the dinner, my mom snapped a photo of Marty and me

Although I certainly loved seeing everyone I think I most enjoyed catching up with my gradeschool pals Cindy, Melissa and Anita. None of us had classes together in high school but have known each other since about third grade. Here are myself, Cindy and Melissa. The three of us reminisced a lot about attending church camp together and hay rides and Cindy's house!

Anita and Me. Had our friends Russell and Diane been here our group would have been almost complete!

Throughout the evening various prizes and awards were given.

The couple married the longest is Richard and Rhonda at 19 years. Congrats guys!
(I did not get a good photo of these two so I swiped Melanie's off of facebook. She got a GREAT one!)

Laura looks fabulous and won the award for having the most children: SIX!!!!

Alumni nominated females they thought had changed the least since high school and someone even nominated me. (from the left: Amy, Melanie, Tracy, Christy, me, Angie, and Shelley) Angie said to me "you still look like you did when we were in 8th grade!!!" I told her "Nope, I was a whole lot shorter then!" :0)

Adorable Melanie was voted least changed female. I have to agree!!

The males nominated by alumni to have changed the least since high school were: Kurt, Casey, Lonnie, Brad, Marcus and Andy.

Marcus was awarded an Ogilve Home Perm for being the least changed male.

Among the decorations were Kurt's helmet and jersey. He wanted to prove he could still get them on!

Kurt and Scott were eager for the next day's canoe trip and showed us how to paddle our canoes!

I could not have survived Chemistry without my lab partner Sherry!

Junction Hill Gradeschool pals Kim and Tracy

Our superb table won the awards for answering the most correct trivia questions about our class! We rocked!

Some of my pals: class clown Kurt with his wife Tara (she and I grew up together and are practically related!), Kevin who attended the same trade school as me in Arizona, Jesse who worked with me at McD's in high school and his wonderful wife Christy. It sure was fun catching up with you guys!

Two of my grade school friends and classmates married this past January. I couldn't be happier for Stacey and Melissa!

Our Class President Scott MC'd the evening along with his wife Karmen and a few other committee members. Thank you all for an outstanding job putting everything together!!!

Each table was decorated in a different theme, either from school activities or of the era. I sat at this 80's table:

The alumni present at the reunion who attended FairView Elementary together:

The Class of 1989 Reassembled:

I doubt I will be able to make it back to Missouri for the Homecoming portion of the reunion this fall so I will see you all next summer for the annual float trip!!!

Oh, and because I have been asked frequently "What is a Zizzer anyway???" go here to find out how our school mascot came to be! There are others who say a Zizzer is the sound lightning makes when it strikes. You decide.

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