For starters, I had the great good fortune to attend a reunion of my cousins in Michigan.
|My cousins on my Dad's side of the family. I got to hold the newest
member of the family! (We're at the bottom of the steps.)
I mentioned on Facebook that the gathering was exactly what I was hoping it would be. There was plenty of small talk and silliness, but also lots of time for heart-to-hearts to really catch up on each other's lives. I have a cousin in the Foreign Service, serving in Afghanistan, who happened to be home on a three-week leave, so she was able to share her absolutely astounding experiences in that country. I have another cousin who recently went on a three-month vacation to South America, which was so interesting to hear about. There were recently-ended relationships to discuss, and recently-beginning relationships to celebrate. Everyone had jobs to discuss and explain. Old family stories were rehashed. Much beer and wine was consumed by the bonfire each night. Getting to bed by 2 a.m. was considered early.
I had a couple stolen moments for doodling around. I didn't expect to fill too many pages in my sketchbook, but I came away with one Zentangle (while folks were watching football) and one lettering experiment (sitting on the sun porch before others had woken up for the day):
|Here's Katy, taking that first step into kindergarten.