We just had a big family reunion this weekend, in which we hosted one niece whom we hadn't seen since 1999, and another whom we've seen only once or twice since we were married 24 years ago!! It was wonderful........they came with their husbands and children, and we had some 15 people in the house eating, drinking, talking, laughing, playing, looking at old pictures, and generally having a blast. We barbecued about half a cow's worth of steaks and burgers, had salad and baked beans and potatoes and peanut-butter cookies, just this massive amount of food like it was Thanksgiving and Christmas all together (I'm still full from yesterday afternoon---urp.....excuse me :imbar ).
It's amazing, how many things my sister's kids remember I did with, and for, them way back in the day.......the water fights, the times I took them out for ice cream, the weekends I'd come to visit and spoil them rotten, the times I saved their butts from their parents' wrath when I
caught them in the middle of some wrongdoing and chewed them out myself, rather than telling their folks. Now they're all grown up with kids (and in my California niece's case, GRANDkids) of their own, wrinkles, sagging posteriors and gray hair starting to sprout........gawd, that makes me feel soooooo old!
So today we took some NEW pictures (yup, even I couldn't get out of it), and best of all, we're all going to do this again in July.......the niece from Washington and the niece from California meeting in the middle at our house. Maybe, since the next gathering will be planned farther in advance, we'll be able to get even more of the family here; of course, my 18-year-old (who graduates from high school day after tomorrow!) will be at boot camp by that time, but already I'm looking forward to having a houseful of family here once again.
Yep, I'm pretty much whupped after entertaining all weekend---I ended up getting all but 5 hours of the weekend off due to low census---and will undoubtedly have to go to work to rest up..........but the older I get, the more I value family, and it's been worth every spilled drink, every dirty dish, every minute of lost sleep to hug these folks again and share how life has turned out for us all
What a wild, wonderful weekend!!
So......what did you all do?