When hubby and I were first married we lived a four hour drive from our in-laws and out-laws. We moved back to our home province for a job opportunity only. Hubby decreed that if we had to move back home he was going to have a horse. That meant living near family, his and mine. His parents spent their summers in a cottage on the bay. This seemed to be the congregating spot for siblings and spouses and children Every.Single.Sunday. Did I tell you he had seven brothers and sisters? And tons of nieces and nephews? They pretty much all made an appearance at the cottage every weekend. It was a family free for all!
Hubbies parent's health declined and the cottage life ended. His family is not especially close so with the end of the cottage each family pretty much went their own way. Family get togethers were few and far between.
As the years flew by, his sisters began making a special effort to get the family together at Christmas. This was great, I could endure an evening with the fam once a year.
This past year brought a lot of changes due to sickness and other things, so Sis decided to get together more often. As in a lot. Today was the latest pot luck lunch Sunday. In the car I remarked to hubby I felt like we were going to a tribal council meeting and I wondered who was going to be voted off. Would it be grouchy, irritable brother or gasp, me because I took some ginger ale? Sis is very health conscious. Hubby was totally shocked at my reluctance to attend yet another
Now my daughter and her cousin are planning a huge Christmas party with all the aunts, uncles, cousins, and cousins' children because we don't get together enough. !!! I want to get voted off. Please.