We laid low in preparation for the big dinner-dance that night. Let me tell you, the kids had a blast! (And we did too!) They danced all night. Their Uncles Chris and Dominick were in demand with Maggie cutting in on her sister. But I understand, Chris is a great dancer. He asked me to polka and I warned him of my complete lack of dancing skill. He said, "Just follow my lead." I'm thinking to myself, this is going to be a disaster - I can't dance and I am wearing 4 inch heels. But damned if he wasn't the easiest lead to follow. Which was super except then all the other gals realized it and people kept cutting in!
The party was over too quickly and none of us wanted the night to end. Bernie had invited us over so after putting the kids to bed several of us headed over there. It was significantly more quiet than the previous night but was a fantastic way to wind down the evening.
Saturday was the last event of the reunion with a picnic at Uncle Ted & Aunt Theresa's. It became an even bigger family gathering when several of my cousins from my Mom's side came too. It was nice to catch up with them and meet Diane's new baby.
Other picnic fun included a bean nag toss (nary a one hit the target!)
Eion did not let his lack of suit stop him from enjoying the slip and slide:
And Dominick gave a pretty killer martial arts demo. Really, he did some rope thing that defies the laws of physics.
And then it was all over. I was surprised at just how melancholy I felt. I think it hit me when my cousin Norm hugged me goodbye and said that he needed to make it count because he didn't know how long it would be until he saw me again. While I wouldn't change my situation, I love where I live and my life as a whole, I was really sad that I had to leave all these people who meant so much to me and didn't know when we would meet again. That being said, Tim suggested we might get together with some cousins in a year or so. And of course, I know my Dad is already planning the Veldman reunion 2013.