Morning! Welcome to another week of Stuff We Like, brought to you by Freddy and Freddy's family.
My grandpa turns 100 this week. What a huge milestone, right? Well, my family thought so. We decided to make it a pseudo-family reunion. I say pseudo because my mom's side of the family has always been close. We spent almost every Thanksgiving and Christmas at her parents' house. Over the summer grandpa and grandma would take some of the cousins and go to airstream rallies, alternating who and where. But as we got older, started going to college, it got harder.
Then we started getting married, people moved away because of jobs-sometimes overseas-and then the life changer of kids. (Expensive little devils/angels). Even at my grandma's funerals we weren't all able to come together because it was so sudden-despite her long illness-and the funeral happened so quickly. Whoever could come made it and we leaned on each other, consoled grandpa, and did what families do-tell stories. Out of grandma's funeral came the plans of coming together again, because there was a realization that we had missed each other. A lot.
We spent the next couple years trying to figure out how to bring the family together. Grandpa's 100th birthday became that focus point for us.
We're even crazy enough to actually want to rent a house together-one that fit all of us. 35-40 people in one house. 4 generations. A lot of beach time. Bike time. But mainly, a lot of talking, cuddles, card games, food, Minecraft, more food, and family togetherness.
While there are stressful moments. Moments we need to ourselves. Disagreements on how we want to do things. None of us would change this week.