Monday, September 3, 2018

Family Reunion

 

      If you have noticed that I haven't worked on my blog for a few days (Facebook has), you'd be right. I got the chance to hang out at my parent's house, this weekend for our family reunion. This has been a tradition for as long as I can remember. Some of my cousins were my very first friends and I love them all dearly, even if we have drifted apart.




     Every year, we meet at the same place at the same time for Labor Day. If things were to ever change up and we had to go to a different pavilion, I'm sure most of us would all show up here anyways and make whoever got to rent it out first, move over because this is our spot. (They already took our baseball diamond.)

      Things have changed so much since I was a child. For one thing, that blue cover wasn't there and all our food was always laid out on the picnic tables where everyone is huddled at on the left. Someone finally said, "We've grown so much, there's no room for us if we put our food here. Let's pop a tent thing and have our food go here." 

      Another thing that has changed is the park area. When I was younger, the park area here was a fitness park. My cousins and I would climb the fitness bars and if you could get to the top one, you were pretty cool. 
      They were kind of like this except I want to believe that the shorter bar was a little shorter and the sides were wooden and half of the attempt to get up there was also to try to get up without getting two inch splinters.

       They have removed the bars several years ago and replaced them with an actual park.

       It's that yellow thing way back there. This is something that I would have enjoyed when I was younger, but my cousins and I occupied ourselves with paddle boating, canoeing, or playing baseball, if we weren't trying so hard to climb those bars or looking for tadpole in the man made pond. 

My Great Aunt paddle boating with her daughter and nieces (aka- my cousins)


     One thing that hasn't changed throughout the year is the food!!! I loved seeing my cousins and all of my aunts and uncles, but I also loved the desserts and awesome food that everyone would bring. I think my kids liked the same thing. 






     My oldest kept cracking me up because he kept taking his plate back to the buffet to grab more... He's so much my mini-me in so many ways. If you notice, there is hardly anything NOT a dessert on their plates. I rationalized that we were going to my grandma's (on the other side) afterwards and they could eat something there. 

      We had a great time and I was able to get a selfie with my baby girl. 

Got to travel with #MyTravelingSpider


     And I even got to bum around with my my youngest sister's b/f while she was on tour with her band Thistle and Lace to Iowa and then next, Oregon! 

Hubby trying out Virtual Reality Game

One of the games he tried. 

     I even got to hang out with my grandma and grandpa and played Uno. I forgot to take pictures. (Shame one me) All that was missing was my other sister and her wonderful family, but she just started a new nursing rotation (She's a traveling nurse- I'm super proud of her) and they weren't able to make it. (Give the kids hugs and kisses from Aunt Brittany!)


      If you have family and you don't have a reunion, you're missing out! Even if you see some of them all of the time, it's a great excuse to come together, hang out, tell stories, and eat yummy potluck food

22 comments:

  1. How fun! We haven't had a family reunion in a couple of years, looks like we're missing out. It does look like you had a smorgasbord of desserts!

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  2. I missed you guys too! It would have been fun! I love you. Inwas showing the kids some pics today of them with their aunt Brittany. :)

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  3. Family reunions are really awesome and fun. It's always good to see people you haven't seen since the year before. Looks like your family reunion was a blast. My husband's family does reunions and we do our best to go.

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    1. It's fun to see how the family has grown. My cousins and I all have our own kids, now.

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  4. Family reunions are really fun and memorable. when I have family reunion it will really enjoyable. Lot of jokes and foods can enjoy.

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  5. Family reunions are really fun. You can sit and talk about stuff going on in your head, you can have a lot of food and you get to relive those old memories..

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  6. It does look like fun. When I think about, we haven't been to a reunion on either side of our family in many years. Great to reconnect with relatives that you may have lost touch with or haven't seen in a while.

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    1. It's always fun! It's so funny that even when you haven't seen each other for a while, you can pick up right where you left off.

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  7. It's been a long time since I have been to a family reunion. It looks like you had such a lot of fun at yours. I know it would have been a blast.

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  8. Looks like you guys have a lot of fun together! My parents use to host a family get together every 4th of July, but as they got older they weren't able to continue the tradition. I miss spending that time with my fam. There are always memories made for sure.

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    1. My great-grandparents had 10 or 12 kids (I should know this) and they hosted a Thanksgiving and Christmas get-together too, but we haven't gone since they passed away. My great aunts still try to host them, but we haven't gone to one.

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  9. Spending time with your family is so important! love a good picnic in the park. xo, natalie http://nataliastyleblog.com

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  10. Great post. Everybody should try this out.
    Enjoyed reading.

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  11. Adorable pictures. There's heart and genuinety in the post. Isn't it amazing no matter how far we drift apart, such things always seem to bring you close and feels like you never lost the connect? That's the thing with people you genuinely love!

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  12. One of my cousins is just a few days older than I am and we've had a great bond and it's just not the same when they aren't there.

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