The Best Memorial Weekend Ever!

  1. 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?
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    you know, your story was sooooooo vivid. you really put a picture to the day you had. It sounds like such fun!
  4. by   jnette
    Family is definately IT !!!

    I treasure every moment I get with family.. especially as I have so little of it.. my Mom and my sis. That's it, ..besides my two kiddos. Dad passed awy some 20 years ago, and sis never had any kids. So we're all there is.

    Marla, it sounds like you just literally WALLOWED in the joy of it all.. reveled in it... so very glad you had a great time, you deserved this good time, as you've had your share of rough ones here lately ! (((HUGS)))
  5. by   Tweety
    Sounds great. Glad you had a great weekend!
  6. by   rollingstone
    Wow, very cool indeed. Good Luck and God Bless to your son headed for boot camp. I did the same thing when I graduated from high school.
  7. by   leslie :-D
    laundry..........
    Quote from mjlrn97
    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?
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from rollingstone
    Wow, very cool indeed. Good Luck and God Bless to your son headed for boot camp. I did the same thing when I graduated from high school.
    Me too! bless your heart; it can't be easy to see your child off to boot camp.
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from rollingstone
    Wow, very cool indeed. Good Luck and God Bless to your son headed for boot camp. I did the same thing when I graduated from high school.
    Thanks, rollingstone........but it's actually my daughter who's headed to basic training next month. I'm so proud of her for deciding to serve her country; I'm just scared spitless that she could end up in the middle of this Iraq war (that I never supported and still am angry about) and have something terrible happen to her. That's just something I'm going to have to trust God to handle, though, because I sure don't have any control over it.

    That's why these moments with family, both immediate and extended, are so precious......you just never know what the years to come will bring, or when (or IF) you'll see people again. The niece I hadn't seen in over 15 years has been all over the country with three different husbands; if the first two hadn't been such idiots, she might never have met the third, and we might never have known what became of her, because she was literally out of contact for several years. (The first husband was abusive; the second, a gambling addict whose habit was so bad that they were homeless, on and off, for most of the 8 years they were married. With four kids, no less!) Now she lives in a nice home, drives a new car, and has left behind her bar-hopping days......and she looks exactly what she is, a respectable and responsible citizen, a legal assistant, and a soccer mom.

    This is the same child I held in my arms when she was a week old.......I was eight, and had the distinction of being the only kid in my third-grade class who was an aunt!!
  10. by   Energizer Bunny
    Your day just sounds wonderful!!!! I'm so glad that you had a good time! It rained here so I cleaned! LOL!

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