...and other misconceptions I made 07-02-22
2007 Feb 22
July 25th 2009
Family Reunion

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S2 and H2 out cold in the carFamily reunions aren’t something I’m familiar with from my childhood. For one thing, we didn’t have a big family. But in general, this idea of getting everyone together every summer just doesn’t really exist in Germany (I think).

K2’s family has a “cousins’ picnic” every summer – since 1964. And this is the second time that we were in town and able to join it. On the way there (not to far from here, maybe a 40 minute drive) the girls were out cold – it felt cruel to wake them up…

S2 K2 H2We talked to many of K2’s cousins, aunts and uncles and had a great time. Good food, good company. The girls and I tried our best not to be flustered by the fact that there were 40 people that we basically didn’t know – and I’m not sure I was encouraged when K2 told me that she didn’t know half of them by name, either. So there was a lot of “Hi, I’m K2, I’m such-and-such’s daughter…” going on, with a similar explanation from the other person to follow. But as I said, it was fun.

Cousin Bob was hosting the event at his farm and I used the wide expanse to take one of the “my girls” pictures that I like so much. But there were more perks of being on a farm… since it was above 100F one of the highlights of the party was the trip to the creek that runs through his property.

H2 and S2 are exploring the creek from the shorethrowing rocks is fun

At first the girls were non-committal. They looked at the rocks, looked into the water, K2 showed them to throw rocks into the water.

Wait, you did see this when you looked at the previous picture, right? The rocks, I mean. The two rocks flying through the air, almost touching, that I caught in that picture… Look again:

H2 and S2 are throwing rocksYeah, those two. Ok, I’ll admit. I’m rather proud of this picture. And yes, I did bring my big camera to the picnic. Still, this is of course mostly a lucky shot… and for the cynics and skeptics among my readers – no, this is not photoshopped. I can show you the untouched NEF file…

But soon after this they decided that in the water would be much more fun and they carefully walked into the creek. Only to very quickly get a little wet. And then a little more, and more. We told them it was ok, it was brutally hot and we did have towels and an extra set of dry clothing in the car.

a little weta little wetter

H2 in the waterS2 in the waterAnd soon all we could do was make sure that their glasses didn’t get lost or broken and that they didn’t drink the creek water.

They were having fun.

The water was rather cold but the girls played in it for a long time. More than an hour, I think. Getting in deeper, getting out again, playing “Mama and baby”, throwing rocks, singing songs. They were pretty awesome.

exploring the creeklooking at birdsplaying aroundsingingand dancingin the water

We had a great time – but we couldn’t stay the whole afternoon at this evening had another event that was planned. Mama and Papa playdate. And the last time for the girls with Natalie, their favorite teacher / baby sitter. Natalie is moving to China for two years to teach at an international school there and will be leaving the US in two weeks – so today was likely the last time she was able to babysit.

We’re thrilled for her – and heartbroken.

All the best, Natawee!

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