When it's Reunion Time…
Next week our family will be headed to my family reunion–it’s a fairly small one with just my siblings, their families, and my mother. This reunion will also by my youngest sister’s wedding celebration (the last sibling to marry), we will also be joined by various extended family members for portions of the week.
My family has held some fun reunions: in the past we’ve traveled to France, the Isle of Man, and the Czech Republic. One summer we rented a beachhouse on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, another we stayed in a large ski condo in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. We generally combine the reunion with either a genealogy-type of event (as was the trip to the UK where we visited the areas where my mother’s family originated), a trip to see a region where one of my brothers served a mission, or a jaunt to see the various areas where we each live.
I’ve loved every one of the reunions even if I grumble sometimes about hokeyness of matching reunion t-shirts, having to pay for trips to areas that aren’t on my top-10 travel list, or procuring the requisite coordinated clothes for the annual family photo (typically my Mom’s Christmas card pic).
I’m curious whether your families hold reunions and what you do together? Do you travel to faraway places? Do you gather at the same spot every year? Do you ever feel resentful about using your vacation time (and money) to gather as an extended family rather than going on your own trips? What are your very best reunion memories?
Pictures: Top one is of me, my younger sis, and my son frolicking in the Atlantic Ocean in 2006. Middle pic shows us trying to get the perfect sibling photo in my next-younger brother’s Portland backyard in 2005. Bottom pic is my family on the streets of Paris in 2004.