by Edie Wadsworth on October 29, 2009

My best friend from high school celebrated her 40th birthday this weekend. Shawna (shown middle) also happens to be my sister’s (shown on your left) sister in law. I know, I know. But it’s the south, remember? And how did she celebrate this milestone, you ask? With a real life ho-down square dance —–in a barn. Now you’re starting to be jealous that you don’t live below the Mason-Dixon! It was unbelievably fun. We laughed at old pictures of big hair and blue eye shadow. We learned how to ‘alabama{allemande}-left’ and ‘rip-and-snort’—-that’s square dance lingo for all you northerners reading. And I think the best part was that the teenagers and small children had just as much fun as the adults. Though they probably won’t be as sore tomorrow.

I spent the night with my sister, who lives at the Foothills of the Smoky Mountains and we enjoyed some good food and good fellowship before the party. That’s my brother–in all his Volunteer glory—who, as you may or may not remember, won $25,000 in the Poker World Series this summer.

Sis made these little pumpkin yummies and I took about 53 pictures of them.

The kids had a blast at the square dance. It reminded me of days gone by when this is how ‘we’ entertained ourselves and our youth. Nobody said ‘bored’ —-not even once!

Shawna, Gina, and I and all our girls (minus my little Caiti—who would’ve had a ball). It was so nice to be together again. Happy Birthday Shawna!!

Uncle Mark, who said before we left for the party, “I don’t why this family has to square dance everytime we get together,” seemed to be having more fun than anyone.

My wheels are turning now ’cause Steve and I are renewing our vows this summer and plan to celebrate a little. I may just have to ‘grab my partner and do-si-do’! You gotta love the south!

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lillian November 8, 2009 at 11:35 pm

SO MUCH FUN!! I'm a "Northerner" and always completely jealous of such a good time:) So glad to have started reading your blog via Fly Through Our Window!


2 Vennesa November 8, 2009 at 11:53 pm

No way does she look 40! 35 maybe. Looks like fun!


3 Connie November 9, 2009 at 12:05 am

I love it! She did what she wanted to do and it was fun! I love that all the families were there! Fun times and great memories!

BTW–she looks great! Now on to the fabulous 50's!!



4 Sarah November 9, 2009 at 12:50 am

Oh girl, talk about a party! The pics say it all. Thanks for sharing some good old fashioned fun with us! God's blessings, Sarah :D


5 Denise November 9, 2009 at 1:08 am

We had a square dance for Ryan's graduation/Tessa's birthday a couple of years ago. It was a blast, and just this week I suggested AGAIN that we host one as a fundraiser for the school. Your photos made me want to do-si-do myself!


6 High Maintenance Mama November 9, 2009 at 1:50 am

This brings back memories of learning to square dance in Jr. High, for PE… I was sooooo mad about it because there were NO cute guys to dance with, LOL!! I was a LITTLE boy crazy ;) Great Pics!!!!


7 Tara November 9, 2009 at 1:56 am

I'm a Southern girl and I just bet you all had a great time!
Always fun when family is able to gather together. That's how we do it in the South. ;-)


8 Southern Gal November 9, 2009 at 2:04 am

I'm new to your blog and didn't realize you were a fellow Southerner! Your family is beautiful. I'm jealous that your sister lives in the Smoky Mountains.

Our homeschool group has a family square dance every year. Everyone has a ball. I also used to go to barn dances when I was little and my granddaddy played the steel guitar for different bands. So much fun. Thanks for stirring up the memories.


9 Get Your Martha On November 9, 2009 at 4:17 am

As a Northerner, I must say that DOES look a lot more fun than grilling brats and riding snowmobiles from one backwoods bar to another.

At least, that's what I hear we do up here …


10 Jen November 9, 2009 at 1:34 pm

That looks like birthday party heaven to me!! i LOVE a good hoe-down! Glad you had such a fun weekend!!



11 Sherri S November 9, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Looks like FUN FUN FUN! Families that laugh and CUT UP have the greatest times!


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