As we get out of the car after a four hour drive we are welcomed by the smell of pine trees, hugs, and " we are so glad you are here".
This is the third year year my nephews and nieces have had a first cousin reunion. I am privileged to be invited as I am the only auntie in Minnesota. This year however my 94 year old sister is coming from Seattle, Washington. Does this mean I have to give up my throne? Everyone treats me like a queen and I have grown accustomed to being the queen.
I am staying with Greg and Becky on Lake Tulaby. They have a wonderful home; you can tell Greg is an avid hunter as he has deer head mounts and also a huge elk rack. Their home is delightful and they are a great host and hostess. I have a wonderful bed and a bathroom just a few steps away.
Ah ha , the big moment has arrived. My sister and Punk are here. Jean has not been here for many years and Punk has not been here since she was a kid. Great to see both of them. Pat, Helen, and I flew out to Ephrata, Washington for Jean's 90th birthday and have not seen them since. We visited for awhile and then had a delicious meal and spent time getting to know everyone.
Becky made us wonderful omelets for breakfast and then started planning for the next meal. Again, great food.
In the afternoon we sat around and I guess Jean and I entertained a few people. They thought we were funny , so acted up a little more. Did not even have a lot of wine.
Supper at Bud and Chris's cabin. Lots of kids and again a great meal. Rodney made a prime rib and it was delicious. Mitch and Jolene were hosts, Dee Ann had a video and it brought back lots of memories. Thanks Dee Ann. Fun to see all the great nieces and nephews. There were five generations. Jean and I were the matriarchs, the next generation were the nephews and nieces. Next were their children, then their kids had kids,and last but not least was little Ryan. I had a grand time.
Went back to Greg's home and Jean showed off her famous kick!!!. We should have a video of that, Punk. In the morning we went to Deb and Rodney;s home. Another beautiful home! Rod made his famous heart shaped waffles. Karen made her wonderful biscotti and Janice and Karen made the super egg bakes. I am drooling thinking about all the good food we had. I hope I am not leaving anyone out as all the food was fantastic. It is so much fun to see what wonderful people my relatives are. As Garrison Keeler says, " All the men are handsome, the women are beautiful and the kids are all darling" ...or something like that
Thanks again, proud to call you my relatives. You are the greatest and I love you all.
Great Auntie and Auntie Shirley.