We all gathered at my mom's house a bit after 11 for mass (ahh... nothing like a Jesuit fix!) and then a lunch that could have fed a small country!! The best part of the day? The fried chicken? Nope (but it was mighty good!) The thought-provoking homily? Again, nope (but ya really can't beat a homily by Fred!).
The cousins played and had a marvelous time being silly together. They played badminton, tag, and hide-and-seek. They even had a cherry pit-spitting contest. Good times, I tell ya!!
The best part of the day was just being together and relaxing together. We laughed ... joked ... the kids played ... and we just were. There wasn't anything specific that was scheduled or planned and that was perfectly wonderful. We just were. Sometimes it is nice to stop doing and just be ... and today we "just be'd" together around a couple of tables. Days without a set agenda are sometimes the most rejuvenating and fulfilling.
|The sugar cookies I made for the get together|
|Eric and Conor being silly|
|Fred talking about how the chalice's original owner|
(Fr. Suver) was at the flag raising at Iwo Jima
|Troy being very serious as he did the 1st reading|
|Kat and Staci|
|Ian sporting his patriotic lei|
|Eric and Annika ... snuggle time|
|Annika and Nana enjoying lunch together|
|Fred taking in all of the family-related craziness|
|Fred teaching us how to open a beer using another beer ... once a teacher, always a teacher|
|An Olson totem pole|
|Cherry pit spitting is a messy business|