Monday, May 19, 2008

Family Reunion

On Saturday I attended a family reunion at my dad and step-mom's home. A branch of the family that lives on the West coast flew in for the occasion. I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with my precious little girl-cousin who only just turned 7. I may be biased, but I think she's almost perfect. Cute, smart, sociable, well-behaved, and full of giggles. We played Hangman and gave each other lots of extra chances (one wrong letter was an ear, another was a nostril, another was a moustache). We won every game!

I was feeling a bit low on energy, but it was no problem because that side of my family loves to talk. I was happy to sit back and listen, just taking in the laughter and smiles. There was a surfeit of fabulous food. The dog spent almost the entire four hours snuffling around the floor, looking for crumbs. Eventually she figured out that her best bet was to park herself at the feet of my 95-year-old grandfather. His manual dexterity isn't what it was. His loss is the dog's gain.

I'm not much of a dog person, but I do enjoy my dad's dog. Now that she's not a hyper puppy anymore, she's pretty well behaved. She doesn't jump up or try to lick people. When we all arrived she got excited, running from one end of the house to the other, skittering to a stop randomly to tilt her muzzle to the ceiling and howl "ARRRROOOOO!". Either she was really happy to see us, or she was already anticipating many delicious morsels of fallen food, and was asking us to get on with it already!

It was an excellent day. I'm still counting my blessings.


Warped Mind of Ron said...

Sounds like a fun reunion and was that Buddha statue doing the "Raise the Roof" party gesture?? Where do you get a party Buddha?? LOL

nicole said...

That sounds like a fun one.
I always dread stuff like that, but then again I usually don't meet anyone ;)

Nilsa S. said...

Sounds like a lovely way to spend your weekend. Like you, I'm always thankful when I'm tired and my family just talks and talks and talks!

Karen said...

What lovely way to spend the day. I am always drawn to the youngsters in my family too. They are often more fun than the adults.

Keera Ann Fox said...

Are those lilacs? I love lilacs! They smell so lovely! And I love pansies, too. And what a nice family reunion. :-)

jameil1922 said...

YAY!!!!!!!!! i loooove family reunions!! there's always lots of food and at least 3 people i haven't seen in years. wheee!!!

Leighann said...

That sounds wonderful!

I avoid family reunions at all costs. Most of the family on my dads side calls me Louann anyway so it's not like they miss me when I don't show up!! :)

Sparkling Red said...

Ron: He's waving his hands in the air like he just don't care. And heck, if everything is illusory in this earthly realm, why not?

Nicole: I'm lucky - I have a very fun and lively family on my father's side. My mother's side is more hit and miss.

Nilsa: It was lovely. The weather cooperated too - it was supposed to rain but the sun came out and we congregated outside in the backyard. Very pleasant!

Karen: There aren't any children or babies in my immediate family except this one little cousin. She's a breath of fresh air.

Keera: Yes, they are lilacs and they smelled amazing. I buried my nose in the blossoms before I took any photos.

Jameil: Yes, well, your family is probably 8 times as big as mine what with all your dozens of cousins! I get to see everyone in my family at least once a year, for which I'm grateful.

Louann: (just kidding!) ;-) It is kind of weird when there are people who claim to be thrilled to see you but then can't be bothered to pay any attention to you or keep the facts straight about your life. They could at least try to get your name right!

Tink said...

Believe it or not, I have never been to a family reunion. I've always wanted to though! Sounds like you had a great time.

unsigned said...

Doggie Style!

H. said...

That party Buddha? It's like a garden gnome - but BETTER!

Jenski said...

What a great weekend that sounds like! You must be a pro at Hangman by now. Pretty flowers too. The lilacs are just coming into bloom here and smell WONDERFUL.

Sparkling Red said...

Tink: Maybe it's time to organize one! Or not. Depends on how much you really want to spend all whole day with lots and lots of relatives. It could be a mixed blessing. ;-)

Unsigned: What?

H.: You're right. I've never seen a garden gnome that looks ready to hit the dance floor and party.

Jenski: I'll take any a' youz on fer Hangman. Anytime, anywheres, you jes say the word and I'll Whup all yer butts!