Ok, the theme for this years reunion was "cheese, cheese, say it with cheese.(not really but it seemed like it)" We had mac and cheese, broccoli casserole with cheese, hash brown casserole (with cheese) ham, chicken, dumplings, noodles, home made bread, mashed potatoes, potato and macaroni salad....the desserts were many.
My Uncle, who is the one nice enough to put up with the entire family every year likes to take the kids on a wagon ride after they eat. He uses the same tractor my grandpa used when I was little.
The young kids (and me) get really excited when the home made ice cream gets done and is ready to eat. Some of them that aren't "country people" can not believe ice cream doesn't just come in a carton from the store.
When it gets dark we all gather under the big canopy and play guitars and sing. See all of those lights, most of them are mine and every year it is my job to do the lighting. I don't know if I have ever mentioned it before or not but I belong to a very musical family. Most of the people in our family can sing or play an instrument. I don't know exactly how I missed out on the particular gene, but I did.
Now to my cousin and uncle. My Aunt and Uncle drive here from Virginia for the reunion a few days before the actual reunion. This year their daughter and her children were driving here on the day of the reunion and got a couple of hours away and their daughter got sick. I mean SICK. She finally called crying from Charleston WV and told her mom and dad (who were staying with my Aunt) that she couldn't drive any more and couldn't quit throwing up. They went to her and she ended up in the hospital all day and her dad stayed with her. They both missed the reunion and so they spent 16 hours on the road for nothing. She finally passed a kidney stone and they let her go to my aunts in the middle of the night. Her mom and dad did get to visit the day before so their trip wasn't completely a waste and her mom brought her kids back for the reunion so they did get to see the cousins they only see once a year.
Tonight is the annual after reunion pizza night but I was helping SH with some stuff and didn't feel like going.
DD is on her way to NJ, she just called from Cumberland MD. and YES I cried after she left. I did good until I got in the car at my moms (where she left from) and then I cried. I'm better now, but it is going to be a long week. DS is working evenings and so will SH later this week. I'm going to be lonely. Right now I don't have time to be lonely because SH and I haven't really been alone for many years and he is a little, ummmm, shall we say frisky. I think I had better go ;-)
Oh by the way Kim I think you would probably fit in well with our family. We have quite a few old friends of the family that come to the reunion just because they like to sit around and listen to everyone sing. They also like to eat just like the rest of us.