Thursday, August 29, 2013

It's a Family Affair!

Hey, y'all! I hope everyone's doing well.  I am SO not about that blogging life right now.  Life's been going full speed around here, leaving little time for me to update my little spot.

But I'm here tonight. 

We're wrapping up the second week of school around here. This has been the smoothest start to the school year EVER. That doesn't mean I'm not beyond exhausted every night (because my goodness, I am), but it's an exhaustion that comes from a day of solid productiveness.  And that feels good.

My students -- I am getting to know this group much faster than in previous years. I'm super excited about working with them.  In fact, I am excited about many things this year.  It's gonna be a great year.

Speaking of great, let me tell you about last weekend...

Three words:  IT WAS AMAZING.  My aunts (my dad's two sisters) planned a family reunion that I'd been looking forward to all summer. 

While I knew I'd be meeting a few relatives I'd never met before, I simply had no idea what I was in for.  I had no idea the love I would INSTANTLY feel upon meeting them.  It was amazing.

There are a LOT of pictures because there was no way I was leaving ANY out!  I regret not taking better pics (using the "good" flash I bought a couple of years ago and never use!), but I'm so grateful for the ones I have.

The reunion was in Atlanta, and it started Friday.  While Friday was out of the question for me since it was the first week of school, I did wake up at a crazy hour the next morning to drive to Atlanta.  My plans were to get up early enough to meet the family for breakfast, and that's exactly what I did.  

That was a special breakfast because it was literally the first time I'd ever met half the people in this picture.

My folks!   The group on the right came from Detroit and NYC.  I was (and still am) so amazed that my great Aunt C (in the white) and her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren traveled all this way (from Brooklyn, Harlem, Queens, etc.). What a blessing!  

They were the first of the relatives I'd never met.  There were more we'd meet later in the day!

After breakfast, each little family kinda went their own way for the day.  It was designed for folks to explore Atlanta in their own way.  There were some things downtown that I'd never done with M, so that made our plans easy:  to let her ride the new SkyView Ferris wheel and check out Atlanta's children's museum. (I got a Groupon for it a couple of weeks ago.  They're still selling them if you'll be in Atlanta anytime before the end of the year.  Great deal.)

When we checked into our room, we discovered we had this awesome view.  M was so thrilled we were on the Ferris wheel side of the hotel.

After we checked in, we went and rode that baby!

Preparing to board!

The View

M was excited about riding the Ferris wheel until the attendant showed us the emergency button.  For most people, the emergency button would make you feel safe...but for M...I think that tells her that an emergency COULD happen.  She wasn't super afraid, but she was definitely skeptical after that.

Anyhoo, after the Ferris wheel ride, we met up with my cousin S and her little girl, A. Along with my mom, we spent the next couple of hours at the children's museum:

The girls had a great time and became best buddies!

Then we headed across Centennial Olympic Park to grab lunch at the CNN Center.

Once we did that, it was time to walk back to the hotel to get ready for some evening fun with the fam!

They clean up nicely, huh? :-)

These are my two cousins who spoke in honor of their mom.  She is the only living sibling of my grandmother's (my dad's mom, who is deceased).

M and me with the guest of honor, Great Aunt C.  I love how M was instantly comfortable with her and grabbed her arm.  So sweet!

There was dinner, dancing, sweet tributes, and awesome performances.  And a whole lotta love!

The kids!  Can't wait to show them this pic years later!

DK missed out on the fun, unfortunately.  We had friends getting married that same evening, so he represented us at the wedding while I attended the reunion.  My mom was kind enough to go with me and M, and that was SO helpful.  Love her!

The Moons!

These two aunts of mine planned this whole thing. These two are fabulous, funny, and sweet, and I just love them to death!  So grateful to them for making this thing happen!

I saw a lot of status posts after the reunion and fun pics (I've yet to go through them all), but this one stands out the most for me:

So true!  It was amazing! 

My only regret about last weekend is not getting there sooner.  I wish I'd been able to spend Friday with the family, too (1.5 days weren't enough)!  But I'm so grateful for the time we DID have with them!

Here a few more pics of my little one admiring our view from the room after we'd retired for the night.  She was obsessed with that Ferris wheel...

So much that she woke up at 5-something the next morning to look out.  She did NOT get the LET'S SLEEP LATE memo! Ha!

So we had quite a weekend!  I feel so blessed to have connected with family near and far.  

I think next up is Detroit!  I've never been to that far north, so I'm looking forward to that already (I just hope it's not during the cold southern bones can't handle it - ha)!

Enjoy the rest of your week, people, and have a nice and safe weekend!


PS - It's late.  I'm tired. I say crazy things when it's late and I'm tired.  I hope this post makes sense in the morning.  Hitting publish NOW...

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