Family Reunion

We’ve been home for almost 2 weeks now, but as you can see, I’m still writing about our amazing trip back home this summer.  As I mentioned before, when Josh was in town, we only came off Cape a few times. The first was for a family reunion with my family.  It was the opportunity for the kids to see all of their cousins (they had seen a few but not all) along with their great aunts and uncles, and of course, their Papa. But what was interesting that it was actually the first time Josh met a lot of my family and we’ve been together over 20 years! How is that possible????

Like many families, ours have had our good times and bad times.  During most of the time that Josh and I lived in the US, there was a bit of strain in our family.  Only since the kids came along, did things get better, though rarely did he see my extended family.  And somehow, once we left the US, our relationships grew even stronger.  Why?  I don’t know.  Absence makes the heart grow fonder?  Or perhaps it was the huge effort we saw from this side of the family that made us want to put forth that same kind of effort towards rebuilding relationships.  I do think that my cousin Meghan has played a huge role in this as well and for that I thank her 🙂

Regardless of what it is that brought us together, I look forward to these reunions each year when we are home.  And none more so than this year because Josh would also be in attendance and he would get to meet all the people I talk incessantly about!  With the exception of just a few people, everyone on my dad’s side was there – all his siblings, their spouses, kids, grandkids – all but just a handful made it and I could not have been happier to see each and every one of them!

Siblings - all together (can you see the resemblance?)

Siblings – all together (can you see the resemblance?)

2nd generation (and yes, my shirt is really poofy)

2nd generation (and yes, my shirt is really poofy)

3rd generation

3rd generation

From water balloon fights, to swimming in the pool, to barbecuing, to just hanging out roasting s’mores – it was a fun filled day and evening getting to know our family all over again.  Is it possible that being away actually brought us closer?

Who's ready for some water balloons?

Who’s ready for some water balloons?

Battle of the cousins

Battle of the cousins

And he's hit!

And he’s hit!

The moment before the explosion!

The moment before the explosion!

Pool time!

Pool time!

Who doesn't love to roast s'mores?  A total American treat!

Who doesn’t love to roast s’mores? A total American treat!

Delicious!

Delicious!

My cousin Meghan organizes this get together every year and my aunt and uncle are kind enough to host all of us, even as our families continue to expand.  So thank you to all of you for getting all of us together year after year!

Knuffels en kussen,

Julie

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