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In these dank, dark days immediately following the gaiety and anticipation gearing up towards Christmas….what is it I turn to (besides seed catalogs) to get through these long months till spring?

It happened very spontaneously this morning as I was pouring over photos for this blog.  I came across so many from our past family reunions and got all excited about where we would go this year.  In happy excitement, I sent a group text to all my adult kids and their quick response was surprisingly overwhelming.  (I guess they needed that certain “umph” to perk themselves up as well.)

We are all such “roadies”, this was a topic everyone enthusiastically jumped on board with.  The group-texting that ensued was like a shot in the arm!

QUOTE:   Shakespeare says:  “Things are with more fervor chased than enjoyed” and yes, in most cases I have found this to be true although when we get together, far from home, I think the “doing” lives up to “the planning”.

We’ve had some dandy reunions in the past!  Camping on the beach in southern CA and staying at a first class resort in Sedona, AZ are the two that top the list of the “biggies”, although simpler times closer to home and much more affordable have been fantastic as well.

Just getting together is rewarding, no matter where we are.  Even my ex and his wife come, as it’s nearly impossible to get all these working adults and kids with their activities together at the same time so we share them.  It works out wonderful for me because two sets of grandparents offer extra help and “reinforcement”.

Southern California holds a special spot in our hearts as this was where we went on our very first Family Reunion.  For most of us desert rats, the beach was an extraordinary experience, escaping from the hot, parched desert to cool, ocean air and beach sand between our toes! We’ve returned to the same camp ground two years running and, oh, it was wonderful!

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In my group text this morning, I suggested we go back there again this year.  (We haven’t been for about three years.)  Immediately, the whole gang was involved in a group text and, as always, other mischievous rattlings erupt that get us really going in this zany conversation.  It often turns into a good natured, albeit, taunting roasting session for someone.  Lots of tossing out of ideas and absurdities get texted so fast you can barely keep up with who said what.  My girls are especially irreverent at times like this and practically anything goes.  How I love this diverse group of children I raised who somehow turned into the most awesome adults I know.  The family bond is strong in spite of  different lifestyles and geographical distances that threaten to separate us.  We overcome these obstacles in our ongoing activities to reunite in large and small ways and, of course, the family reunion is the champion in bringing everyone together for the longest period of time;  to be a close family again as we eat, play, camp together with no short time limit baring down on us.  As a parent and grandparent, it’s beyond amazing.  Heaven on earth!

There’s nothing like planning some future event to perk up these long winter days and give us something to look forward to!

 Our favorite camping place in Southern California: San Clemente State Beach Park

Here are a few photos to sum up the trip:

 

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