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Family Reunion

Ugh...the dreaded words, Family Reunion. All that comes to mind is being stuck with a bunch of people whom you should know, but don't have a clue as to who they are, but they remember every. single. thing. about you, your life, your childhood quirks. You stand there, staring at them, mouth agape, thinking one of two things, "who are you" or "wow...this lady has really bad breath, and a piece of broccoli stuck between her teeth..." ('cuz, you know, you certainly aren't paying attention to what she's saying!!), yes, the dreaded family reunion.

Last weekend was dubbed a "family reunion"...I was dreading it like I dread going to the dentist, or for my annual pap, or like I dread going to a family reunion, you know? Now, I should've known (insert scoff here) wasn't a family reunion!! Heck, I see these people three, four times a year! Sheesh, if only they would've called it what it was...a "get together" or, better yet, a "celebration of Grandma and Grandpa's 60th wedding anniversary" (and yes, it is the G&G of the infamous pot plant...have you read it? Check it out if not, you'll thank me later!!).

So, calling a spade a spade, our celebratory weekend was surprisingly awesome, and very much not a family reunion! We slept 30 people under one roof; staying in a "retreat" on a lake that had once housed a Monsignor and some nuns and has been converted into a homey place with fab/funky decorations, a renovated chicken coop that serves as a game room, an "art" building and 11 secluded acres to hike, roam, and get scared silly on. All for $750 bucks a night. Sheesh, can't go wrong! Anyone in MN wanting an awesome place to stay for a fun get away, contact me, I'll give you the info! Anywho, here's the front of the "Olive Branch" (which btw, is owned by five women...need I say not a thing went overlooked?!!):

Head stand contests:

Little boy conversations:

Mighty fishermen getting caught in the rain:

More rain:

Baby cousins getting to know one another:

Manly wedding dress trying on:

What a memorable weekend! Laughing, ghost stories (but that, my friends, is a whole 'nuther post), eating, playing, laughing, swimming, eating, fires, laughing, camping, eating, storms, rescuing floated away boats, did I mention eating, or, perhaps, laughing?

What I lacked in sleep, I made up for in calories, that's for sure!!

So much fun, it was, we've already booked for next year!!


  1. ok THAT wedding dress picture is too funny!! I want to hear that story!

  2. I have always loved family reunions- so happy yours ended up being wonderful after all ;-)

  3. HI there! What you said is SO true about family reunions. In fact, we just avoided one last weekend for our own good....strange things happen at reunions. Anyways, great post and thanks for stopping by The Mommy Chef!


  4. I am dying to hear the "nuther story" on that wedding dress photo. LOL!!!

    Thanks for stopping by for my "oldies" and being a grammar stickler. HAHA! Please don't read all my posts. The website would crash from your red pen!

    Have a great day! See ya in the funny papers.

  5. I can so relate to your thoughts on family reunions. I am not close to my dad's side of the family (for many reasons) and every time I go to any type of get together (which is rarely) the same thought ends up running through my head:

    "Who are you and why are you hugging me??"

    Glad you had a great time! Sounds like it was a lot of fun!!

  6. Looks and sounds like you all had lots of fun :o)

    ...even with the rain :o)


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