Saturday evening things were hopping at Aunt Liz's! Seated around the table were 16 family members, which is a good percentage of our small family. All three families (my mom, Aunt Liz, and Aunt Ginny) were represented. It was kind of neat how all of that came about: Diane flew here from Philadelphia for the weekend to help Jill and Jake with their wedding preparations (they are getting married in Minnesota on June 29, and Linda had made plans to drive from Chicago to Minnesota just to hang out with the Minnesota cousins. So, rather than going out to eat where it would be noisy, etc., Aunt Liz offered to let us gather in her home. One more thing — it was also Janet's birthday! So we got to help her celebrate.
I was so happy that Peder and Sarah wanted to be included. Peder hadn't been to Aunt Liz's for many years and Sarah had never been there. It was a good time for them to get acquainted with cousins on my side of the family. And, Sarah helped Aunt Liz set up a blog! It's called "Read Reed." I think between Aunt Liz and Aunt Ginny, they could fill us in on a lot of our family history. [This is just an idea, Aunt Liz.]
Plus, an opportunity came for Peder to tell everyone about the "All-family" cruise to Alaska he is putting together for August 2008. There will be more to follow about this, but not until April or May of this year.
I treasure these family times. We sure have a good time when we get together!!!