I've had the kids on the brain this morning, particularly thinking about the pyramid picture I took of the six first cousins in Boone over Memorial Day. I wanted to recreate the pyramids the kids did in their youth and (after much cajoling/negotiation) managed to get them to recreate this one from Memorial Day weekend nine years earlier.
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Reunions that include all four kids are far too rare these days, so it was great to come together briefly in New York this past weekend. Ostensibly, the reason was to formally (and belatedly) celebrate Ben’s high school graduation, which we did with a small gathering of family (biological, extended, extensions of extended) on Saturday evening.
Nick and Conner came from Durham on Thursday night and, given that she had only visited the city a couple of times, we hit the sites hard on Friday. Nick took Conner to her first Broadway show (“Waitress”) and a friend gave them a backstage tour. Once the day was done, we had walked more than 10 miles.
On Saturday, Jill and Kate came in by train from Virginia and Emma flew in from Pittsburgh. At that point, we had all four children together for the first time since Emma’s graduation in July. Thanks to Ginno, Casey, Bernadette, and everyone else who took the time to stop by, say hello, give a hug, and catch up. It was great seeing all of you.
On Sunday, Emma and I stuck around and went to The Newsboys Variety Show at 54 Below to see Ben perform a song (“Unemployed”) with his roommate Josh. Again, I was struck by how kind and (obviously) talented the cast of this show is, and by how warm and friendly they are. They are a family unto themselves.
Before you knew it, the long weekend was over and it will be Christmas before the four are together again. But it was nice — very nice — while it lasted.
The Cooks and McFarlands continued the tradition of being together for Thanksgiving despite some logistical hurdles. This year had a couple of twists: No Nicholas this year (sadly), and a one-day trip from New York to Boone for Ben and Dad in between two show days for "Billy Elliot." In addition to a family reunion covered in the next photo album, this year's highlight was football, gymnastics, and family time conversation in the front yard of the house where Jill grew up.
Thanksgiving also served as a Hodges family reunion in Boone for Jill's first cousins. Dinner was held at First Baptist Church with multiple generations in attendance. The event included great food, play time for the kids, and a chance for some nice family fellowship.
The McFarland/Cook/Hodges clan reunited for the funeral of Jill's father, giving cousins a chance to reminisce and say goodbye.
"Newsies" in Durham gave Jill an opportunity to reunite with childhood and college friends this past weekend. It was the first reunion of 20+ alumni from UNC-Chapel Hill's Tri-Sigma sorority and she also spent time with childhood friends Annette and Jan as well as Jan's family.
We've also been fortunate to see a number of North Carolina friends from our time in Reidsville over the past few days. It's been great to spend a little time together and to catch up. Thank you for your support and kindness!
Now it's off to a very entertaining two weeks in DC!