More on my family reunion...
My cousin Kelly and I are related by my mother and her father (siblings). This is Elaine, her mom's sister. In West Virginia everyone is family, so I thought for many years growing up that Bunny was my aunt too. It was so good to see her and Ms. Cutlip again! Poor Aunt Bunny looks in pain with me sitting on her lap... but I promise she wasn't. I was really holding my weight. hehe
Bye Aunt Bunny... love you bunches!!!
Then we were off to meet with some of the family at the Custard Stand; a very popular place with the locals. :)
This is where my mom and dad met years ago... well back then, a dance hall stood here. As the story goes... people would slowly clear the floor to watch my mom and dad dance. Apparently they were quite the couple.
After lunch, we drove out to 4-H Camp Ceasar in the Monongahela National Forest in Cowen, WV. I loved this place and it's still as gorgeous as ever.
I tried to get a picture of the Rhododendron bushes. They were one of the first plants I learned about as a child. It's the state flower of WV.
While my cousin visited with old friends, I layed down to rest of the lush green grass and fell asleep listening to running water and the birds sing.
Oh, what a Beautiful Day!!!
I love how they describe locations here. It just makes me smile.
I collected a few rocks from the river that my cousin mailed to my home for me. only 1 of 5 made it to Dallas without damage. Can you believe it? The USPS broke a ROCK in shipment. Amazing.... uugh.
The river was low for this time of the year so I waded out and sat on the big rock and dangled my feet in the water while little minnows nibbled at my toes as I did so many times as a child.
Then it was back to Summersville to have dinner with family...
Here's the "cousins" group picture.
Of course there are so many cousins not present and we sure missed them all.
Then back to the hotel in Summersville to sit in the lobby and chat a while...
and THERE was my sweet cousin Donna (on Daddy's side of the family) waiting in our hotel lobby for us to return from dinner. She had been waiting all evening, bless her heart.
Poor Donna, but I'm so glad she did.
I couldn't hug her neck hard enough!!! Love you so much Donna!!!
And that was my trip to my family reunion.
Big Bear Hugs to my Gammy's House virtual neighbors!!
Hope you make wonderful memories today!