A couple of weekends back, our family joined Grady's extended family in Asheville, NC for a weekend reunion. Family from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey gathered for a few days of catching up with each other.
This is the crew that was able to make it for the reunion. There were many unable to come (16?) - I think we may have sunk Noah's boat if everyone were there.
Uncle Matt won accolades for gifting Micah and Grady Lee with mini tractors from the John Deere factory. If it goes "vroom," my boys like it. If it's something they can crash, my boys like it. If it's something that can dig, my boys like it. No fears, Uncle Matt didn't leave Annalyse out: she got the tiniest pair of pink John Deere tractor socks!
Meals were always an adventure, and the inability of my five year old to sit still, demonstrate patience, show manners, and, well, act mildly mature, tested everyone's patience.
Our first evening together was slated to entail a surprise 60th birthday party for my mom-in-law. Try as we may, however, she knew before there was a chance for the kids to jump out and yell "Surprise!"
(Wait a minute, weren't they complaining on the way back from the waterfall that they were tired? Where did this burst of energy come from?)
I can't make this stuff up because I'm not that creative. The mascot for the Chimney Rock children's area was none other than Grady the Groundhog. My two Grady's had fun counting how many places they saw their name.
Grady Lee is a wildcard - you can never predict how he'll act. Micah is just plain stubborn when he wants to be. And Annalyse has shown to be an easy-going trooper... maybe once she walks and talks she'll show some attitude.
Is it sad that the only picture I have with my sis-in-law from our weekend away is this one? And, is it sad that my three year old took it?
For some, a lot of driving. For some, a sacrifice of vacation time. For all, it was great to see you and our family looks forward to Family Reunion 2013!