Sunday, August 21, 2011

We are Family

  My nephew got married yesterday.  They make a wonderful couple, and seem perfectly matched!  My folks flew in last Tuesday, and Matt arrived Wednesday.  It's been a whirlwind visit! My thinking is that since we are all eating, we should try to eat together.  Ever try hosting three separate dinners in five days for twelve to fifteen of your closest relatives??  It's always a challenge because of work schedules, golf tee times, last minute shopping trips, plus a few more unpredictable wrinkles.  After 28yrs of hosting, I have it down to a science.  I have a master list of all  menu's. I check off each item once it was purchased, then checked it again when the dish was prepared.  Some bread, fruit and vegetables cannot be bought in advance, so I needed to add a daily trip to the grocery store.  Totally different meals were planned each day, so we wouldn't serve the same thing twice. Fridge and freezer space is always a concern, so care must be taken to not have too many leftovers.  Of course, leftovers are required for lunch and snacks, which makes things interesting, to say the least.  Things will be less hectic this week, as everyone heads back home midweek.  I hate to see them all go home, because it's always seems like such a long time between visits.
  The wedding was beautiful, and the reception was held at a local country club.  We always have a lot of fun when we get together, and we are thankful that everyone was healthy enough to make the trip.  We celebrated with all ages from great grandbabies not quite one year, to grandparents in their eighties. The whole family was on the dance floor together, acting silly and having fun!  Just like the commercial says.....weddings can be really expensive, but having four generations together for another happy occasion is priceless. 
Have a good week everyone.....and the beat goes on.....the beat goes on.....

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