This weekend my family and I celebrated our cousin's marriage at a big family picnic. Aunts, uncles and cousins galore, grandparents and great-grandparents left and right and childhood friends who are like family. As a mom, I don't get to really enjoy these parties as much as I used to before I had kids. I spend most of my time keeping tabs on my toddler, nursing an infant and trying to squeeze in a sip of wine here and there. I don't think I've stood still for more than two minutes at a time for quite a while.
Family parties are more work than fun these days, but the tradeoff is being able to connect my kids to their family and show them they're a part of something much larger than just me and my husband. My family is small. There's just four of us—marrying my husband meant becoming part of an enormous family. I'm not going to lie: I kind of took it for granted when we first got married. But having children makes you realize how important family really is.
Seeing everyone this weekend made me realize that my kids have a rich history and a large community of relatives who love them and have tons to teach them. I decided this weekend that we need to get together once a year. I'm not even sure how to go about planning a large family reunion!
I need all the insight I can get. Do you and your family have a regular family reunion? Does the same person plan it every year? Is it always the same location? Is there a charge per family? I need some pointers on where to start. I know it won't be easy with everyone scattered in different parts of the country and their hectic schedules, but I'm ready for the challenge. Leave your advice in the comments and I'll keep you posted on how planning comes along.
Hope you all enjoy your Labor Day!