Saturday, August 20, 2011
The much talked about family reunion was today. We woke up, finished loading up the car and we were off to the park to set up. Luckily everything was fairly clean and set up the way we like it so we didn't have to do too much work... just sweep up a bit.
This is what it looked like when we were all set up...
It was a beautiful day! It was sunny, in the 80s, and there was a nice breeze from the water. Here's a view from the pavilion...
People started showing up around noon. Several people had to eat and run because they had other plans. Several of the people that normally show up didn't come for one reason or another. It was kind of disappointing that we didn't get to see everyone, but we enjoyed our time with those that did come.
My mom, who was supposed to be there around 10am to help set up, did not show up until after 2pm! That kind of irritated me, but I should have expected it because the woman has no concept of time.
The aunt that I blogged about a couple of weeks ago didn't show up. She usually blows in and tries to take over so it didn't really bother me too much that she wasn't there. The only bad thing about it was that it left my boyfriend to tend the grill all day... and just when he thought he was done someone would come with more goodies to grill. I definitely couldn't pull this reunion off without his help and I am so grateful that he's more than willing to help!!
Last year someone took a really, really bad picture of me at the reunion. Seeing that picture was kind of a wake up call for me... it showed me just how large I had let myself get and how miserable I was. In fact, I was so miserable that I was even feeling ill that year. It still took me several months to get my butt in gear and devise a plan to get this excess weight gone FOREVER... but this picture really was the start of it all...
This year was completely different though! I was able to help out more with the packing, loading, unloading, cleaning, etc. And even though I am really tired, I am not feeling like I'm going to die like last year. I feel SO much better... and that's just more motivation to keep going. How amazing would it be if I were at my goal weight next year?! I can only imagine! I had several people mention that they could tell that I'd lost weight and that just made my day!! This is a picture from this year's reunion...
We even got a picture of my boyfriend and I together... and other than the fact that my hair is in my face, I love it... which is huge because I never like pictures of me!
One of my cousins made me cry... totally not the best part of the reunion. Every year we play bingo (half of the money collected goes to the reunion fund and half goes to the winner) and we do an auction of wrapped gifts that everyone is supposed to bring with them in order to raise money to fund the following year's reunion. We also set out a donation box for people that don't want to participate in bingo or the auction, but that still want to contribute. Well, this cousin is my mom's age... never brings anything, never plays bingo, never donates, etc. BUT he always tells me that I shouldn't be paying for anything out of my own pocket and to let him know if I am. Each year, I tell him that if he would like to help, drop some money in the donation box. I refuse to feel like I am begging him to help. So this year, he did his usual thing... I told him where the donation box was... then he came over and told me that I don't need to feel like I let my Nana down if this reunion doesn't continue. That she would be proud of me for everything that I've done and that I shouldn't forget that. Well there came the waterworks. The whole reason that I do this reunion every year is because my Nana LOVED it!! When I was a kid she controlled the reunion and I loved to help set up, clean up, etc. Honestly, my Nana was my favorite person EVER and I would have done anything to make her happy. So in 2006 when her health was failing and the cousin that was doing the reunion didn't want to do it anymore, I stepped up and said that I would do it. The following month, my Nana passed away. So this reunion is important to me for a couple of reasons... it reminds me of the times that I helped my Nana with the reunion all those years ago AND it was very important to her that our family continue to get together at least once a year. After the waterworks started everyone was coming up to tell me how good a job I do, how much they enjoy the reunion, etc. I even had another cousin tell me that I had to stop crying or HE would start and he said that would just be ugly. *lol*
And because I am a huge clutz... the damage report:
I managed to get a big paper cut on my pinky finger last night thanks to a cardboard box,
today I managed to smash the knuckle on the same finger with a bag of ice, and while we were bringing everything back into the house I managed to ram the other hand into the wall while carrying a big tote full of stuff. So couple of cuts and a puffy, bruised hand.
All in all, I couldn't have asked for a better day! But I'm also glad that I don't have to do it again until next year.