It was a very busy weekend for our family. We had our 2009 reunion at a local city park. Since it was a holiday weekend, several people from out of state were able to make it home to Iowa but not all could stay for the picnic Monday. My sister Anne and her daughter and son-in-law, Ashley and Jason, hosted a get-together at their homes on Sunday. They only live half a block apart so it worked out really well. Relatives from Oklahoma, Florida, Montana, and Colorado were there as well as cousins and aunts and uncles from central Iowa. Monday's potluck had a very good turnout with about 80 people attending. We had a few special guests this year including my niece and nephew, Rachael and Jubal, from Texas, who attended for the first time. Their mother and my brother divorced years ago and they hadn't been back to Iowa since 1991. We were thrilled that they took the time to drive here and get acquainted with their family. I only wish they could have stayed longer but school and jobs don't wait.
Plans have already been made to hold next year's reunion on the Sunday before Labor Day so more people can attend and still get back home for work on Tuesday after.