I have been on the Cape for the past couple of weeks. Ed is in TN, but he'll be back in a few weeks to spend some time here.
Before Ed headed back to TN, we spent a long weekend in Bangor, Maine to attend the wedding of my cousin Dianne's son Greg and then to celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of my Uncle Lee and Aunt Kath. Uncle Lee is my mother's brother and Aunt Kath is also a Sudbury girl. It was a wonderful reunion as all 5 of my cousins and their families were there.
Some of them I hadn't seen in years, since they were kids.
Cuz Liz, my pal, and I have stayed in touch over the years with the occasional visits and e-mail phone calls pretty often. I have seen her more than any of the others over the years. The last time we saw each other was about 10 years ago out in California, though. It was so much fun to see her again. Since we were kids we have signed our names 'Cuz Liz' and 'Cuz Suz'. Isn't that cute? We have lots of funny stories, like the time we drove the 1/3 scale model Tin Lizzie through my Dad's porch. Liz was driving, but I admit I grabbed the wheel to avoid a collision with my mother's mock orange tree. So we drove through the screened in porch instead. It was like Mr. Toad's wild ride.
Ed with Cousin Liz and her husband Chris at the wedding. We have a date to go see them in San Luis Obispo when Ed and Liz both retire in 2010!
Greg and Sarah dance their first dance. The wedding was fun and Ed got to meet about 24 family members he has never met before. I hadn't met quite a few of them myself.
Cousin Dianne and husband Steve, parents of the groom. They hosted the whole group for several meals and parties over the 3 day weekend. They were great to open their home like that to everyone. Steve and Ed got along famously, both being postal employees and having similar senses of humor.
A bale of hay bounced off a passing truck onto Dianne's front yard the day before the party and the farmer who lost it came back to get it the next day. That's Maine, ayuh. "what the hay?" was the pun of the day.
Cousin Scott, the youngest of 5 lives in CA. He brought his wife Teresa and their 3 kids.
Cousin Susan and husband Bob live in CA. They brought their son, his wife and their baby, Nathan.
Cousin Dan, the eldest lives in New Hampshire. His wife Pam did not want me to include the picture I took of her, so I obliged. But we had a nice visit.
Cousins, spouses, their children and even grandchildren. A big family.
The 60th anniversary cake had the clipping from the Sudbury paper from 1948. If you click on it, you should be able to enlarge it enough to read the article.
Their kids had a trivia game about Uncle Lee and Aunt Kath's history together. My dad was there when they met in Bradshaw's store, Aunt Kath's parents' business in downtown Sudbury. A Navy man who came home from WWII and worked with Dad mowing lawns they stopped in the store for a cold soda pop! He would come back to the store a few days later to cash a check...(and she has been cashing his checks ever since...badumbum). Their first date was on Memorial Day, (a double date with my mother and father) and they got married in July. The didn't waste any time. It was fun to hear their stories
Uncle Lee and Aunt Kath...the bride feeds the groom...
Cousin Liz and Chris's daughter Nichole and Aunt Kath. Nichole also lives in CA.
It was a great reunion with the Waters side of the family. Ed and I are eager to go back to Maine to see Uncle Lee and Aunt Kath, Dianne and Steve. Maybe next summer!
Have a great day!