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The Family Reunion Is Over

Our visitors have gone home. I still have a few tears in my eyes. I miss them, but I’m reflecting on the great time we had together.

Our two week visit was so much fun, but it sure went by fast. We had so many highlights. For my daughter it was the sighting of the whales close to shore off Bodega Bay. That was pretty awesome. We also saw some spectacular fireworks on the 4th, had a few campfires, played lots of poker, listened to a band perform on the town green, and ate some fantastic meals. A day in San Francisco was also a highlight for me.

Any visit with our granddaughters is always special for my husband and I. Our eldest granddaughter, Q (13), has become knowledgeable about (and enamored with) a new boy band: One Direction. We have heard all the songs, seen the videos, pictures, etc. I now consider myself educated on what some people are calling the “New Beatles.”

In addition to music and books, our family also loves good movies – especially good kid’s movies. Lucky for us, there are several good ones at the theater right now. While my daughter, daughter-in-law and I were busy elsewhere, my husband took both girls to the theater to see Brave.

My husband and both girls thought the story of Princess Merida was told very well. Our youngest girl thought the bears were a little scary but she had no trouble following and then retelling the intricate plot. In the spirit of full disclosure I should tell you that all three really enjoyed the trip to Subway before the movie and a visit to the ice cream store after.

One afternoon Lou (our 7-year-old) and I went to see Madagascar 3. Lou and I have seen both the first and the second Madagascar movies together so we consider ourselves experts. We loved them both. The characters are so endearing and so funny. (The penguins are my favorites.)

The animation is quick, sharp and colorful. And, the plots are always good. In our opinion, Madagascar 3 was just a little less funny than the other two. We didn’t laugh quite as often. They seem to have lost some of their punch. Lou’s rating system, using her two thumbs, was a one thumb up and one thumb down. She thought Brave a much better movie. Go see that one, she says.

Reunions with family members has always been important to me. It always amazes me how we can be apart from each other for periods of time and then just start right up again when we are together. And I love how the glow and warmth of the visit lasts. We are looking forward to more reunions in the distant and near future. While I’m still feeling so good I’m going to slowly move back into my daily routine. I have stacks of books to read, movies to see, and lots of things to tell you about.

12 comments to The Family Reunion Is Over

  • It’s so quiet here right now with everyone gone. Even Genevieve is down in San Francisco. So it’s just me and the chickens holding down the fort. The tire swing has an extra forlorn look to it.
    What a great time and a great visit with everyone! Come again soon!

  • Ti

    Sounds like you had a great time. My daughter is about to turn 9 and she has One Direction fever. I actually think they are pretty good. They won X Factor a couple of years ago. That is how they got discovered! The old pics of them are hilarious. They looked like little kids and the good hair came later.

  • What a wonderful way to spend a couple of weeks! Does Q know her great uncle was a rocker back in the day?

  • candice

    We really did have such a fun time! moving slowly is what it is all about around here, now that we are home… we counted our modes of transit yesterday: 1 1/2 hour car ride, 1 1/2 hour plane ride, 30 minute MAX train ride, 15 minute bus ride, 8 minutes of walking (with heavy bags). I thought this was pretty good & we got a “way to go!” from a public transit enthusiast on the bus. Can’t wait to visit again soon! thanks for hosting 2 weeks of summer fun! xo

  • Kaye,the sister, Cogdill

    The reunion sounds like “fun for all” and the memories are priceless! I am so glad you all had the time together and that getting back to the routine will be OK now that you have had the best of times with family! You sound wistful, even on your blog…Bunches of Love, Kaye-the-sister

  • Sounds like a idyllic two weeks to me! It’s going to be tough getting back into a daily routine…

  • Would it sound silly to you to know that reading your post about how much you enjoyed sending time with your family touched me, made me miss mine big time and now I have tears in my eyes????

    I miss mine so much!! I’m actually going to be meeting up with my mom, SIL, and 3 nieces to check out the oldest neice’s new apartment, college campus, and favorite restaurant next week. I’m so excited!

    The two weeks sound amazing and I will have to watch Brave!!

  • cerrin

    I have to say I saw Brave and Madagascar 3 at the drive in when they came out.

    Brave is the MOST wonderful movie ever. Very Girl power. Wonderful movie about being yourself. I loved it. Madagascar 3 was just fun. It had more grown up humor in it. But it was just plain fun.

    But watching them at the Drive in is the best way to see a movie.

  • I’m glad you had such a fun vacation. I’ll bet spotting the whales was a great treat. I’ve never seen that.

  • It’s always so great to be with family. It’s fun to get educated on the new music.

  • You know already that I have these same kind of feelings when we end family visits. And our son-in-law said the same thing the other day that you did about how it seems when we get back to Oregon that we’ve never been gone…. It sounds like your granddaughters (and their parents) enjoyed the perfect vacation with you two. Thanks for sharing the highlights.

  • LOVE spending time with family and I always love your family stories, Margot. You are blessed.