Hub and I returned home yesterday evening for the 42nd time from my family’s annual Memorial Weekend gathering. Yes, we take time to reflect and remember. However… we pack so much more into the weekend.
Saturday starts with the evening meal at Todd and Dawn’s home. (my nephew and niece.) That’s right, the one and only Dawn from Blogging for Coffee fame. Although this is the time the kiddos are getting re-acquainted with each other we have decided it is also the perfect time to get that group shot of the cousins to see how everyone has grown… Herding cats would be easier.
Sunday is our picnic day at Rick and Anita’s lake house. (also a nephew and niece) On a clear day Mount Rainier can be seen standing guard at the end of the channel as we play down by the water.
Memorial Day… this is the real reason we gather. A tradition started much earlier then I care to think about, but the sentiment has never changed. We have been blessed by those who have selflessly walked this earth before us.
After the service we are off to three different sections of the cemetery to visit three different generations who we continue to love and miss.
We don’t want to waste a minute of the weekend. That’s right, once again we pack up and take off down the road (about a block) to the swim club where we have yet another bar-be-que…and the kids play in the water one more time until wrinkled.
By this time we are all feeling the fatigue but unwilling to give in…
The weekend focus for us is not just about remembering the past but building relationships and memories for the next generation.
From this year we will laugh about and remember… although all of us from a different perspective… Wham-O being embossed on my forehead by a rocket-like hit from Logie while playing baseball, the verbal flogging I took about blogging from those who don’t understand my amazing talent. (keep it up fellas, but remember, I have this nifty forum for pay backs… just sayin’ ) and this was the year after a serious discussion, my brother renamed me Margaret. (That is a story for a different time.)
Now… I have a couple of days worth of sleep to catch up on.
Note: these are only a few of the 174 pictures I took.