Normally, this wouldn't have been a problem, except that it meant that the 14 of us could not all sit together. And we so wanted to! This is a shot of Lee & Maria's family, as we gathered together, here and there, as our group coalesced into a bigger group to attend events together. It was an extremely hot day--90 some degrees! Above zero! That's melting territory for North Dakotans!
At the dinner itself, Dianna, Doug and I sat together at a table, and looked longingly at our relatives seated further away. Well. . . . we knew we'd get to be together more, soon, munching on biscotti and chatting. . . .
I had one of those dreaded moments just before this dinner, at the Very Special Concert Choir--the Concert Choir that has been described as the "Gold Standard" for the rest of the country.
It was one of those moments when just during the very sacred, extraordinarily beautiful stretches of music, when you can almost hear a pin drop, that the cell phone which you are absolutely certain you have put on "vibrate" becomes possessed with a demon life force and bellows out at 1000 decibles Abba's "Mama Mia."
And here's a shot of a handful of "The Cousins". My Brian and Scott are not there, and Ronnie, Robert, and Laurie's children aren't there, but it's nice to see a little gathering of "the kids."
Joyce and Andy, the two little ones in the photo, were the later arrivers to the "party." They drove a personality-disordered camper from the Chicago area to St. Olaf in southern Minnesota. This prima donna vehicle likes to take them hostage along the side of the road, whenever it can, and we ALMOST got to spend an extra unexpected day with MaryAnn and Bill & co. (This is MaryAnn of the Scrapfest, and Bill of the cacti and palm trees, in case you are wondering.)