I have been working on getting ready for the first Family Reunion our family is having. We do have a family reunion with my father’s family and my husband’s family but this is with our family. A reunion with my father, my sister and her family, my brother’s and his family, and of course my children and their families.
The centerpieces will have flowers from my garden. I had made them for a friend’s party and changed them for the family reunion. The mason jars are tinted green with green ground glass in the bottom.
The glasses are favors. I bought the green glasses at the dollar store and added Carl from the movie ‘Up’. Carl reminds my family of my father for several reasons and the kids have a team called Howard’s Hooligans that use Carl in the logo. On the other side is a balloon with the year so we can remember that this is the first year. The little take-out containers hold decorative soap. I had allot of it from a lady that needed to thin out her collection. My father gave me the idea to give them out at the reunion and the saying on the boxes ‘Soap glad you could come’ just sounded cute.
The book will hold pictures and information from the reunions. The plan for this reunion is that it will be rotating. This year is that it is here and next year it will be in the area of the host family. We hope that it will be a fun gathering where we can all gather together without the worry of snow ruining travel plans.
I have a billion things that I need to get done with family coming in little more than a week. What do I do? Paint my kitchen of course! I did a bit of purging. Getting rid of items we have not used in years. My hubby, who is always complaining there is too much junk, tried to convince me to save a few items. I turned and looked at him and asked him what e was thinking? I finally get in the mood to clean out and he is trying to convince me to keep. I love the new color and I added a few details. Tea Time over the stove and coffee on my husband’s coffee pot when he complained that coffee should be given equal time.
This has been a looog process. Mainly because of the all the other things that happened between the idea of purchasing and the actual purchase. First many, many years ago I made our church, St. Joseph, an outdoor Holy Family to put outside of the church during the Christmas season. It was made out of plywood, cut into the shape of the different people, painted and screwed to metal posts to be pushed into the ground. Last Christmas I noticed it was looking sad. Parts were broken and others needed repainting. So, I approached the Prayer and Worship committee on purchasing another one. That was okayed, then it had to go before the finance committee. They okayed the purchase after a little back and forth.
Found the set and approached a company about purchasing but fate was against us once again. Fax machine wasn’t working and various emails went awry. Then our Pastor, Father Terence Healy retired. Now, I forget to mention that about a 3 years or so before this our parish was merged with another church and we became St Joseph the Worker. So, now we were a newly merged parish with no pastor. All unnecessary purchasing was stopped. In September, we received a new pastor Father Matthew Wetsel. So, after a period of figuring out what was what, the purchase was back on track. It was ordered and delivered, unpacked and we loved the way it looked. Now, it’s up to the guys to build a ‘stable’ to keep it safe from the elements.
My plan is to use this as a modified diary. I will hopefully put things in different sections so they will be easier to find. We will see how it goes.