Today's carnival is hosted by Dizzy Dragonflies and the theme choices were:1) What does july 4th mean to you?
2) July's birthstone is the ruby which symbolizes contentment, blog about the color red/ruby/or what makes you happy.
I'm going with the 4th. I'll start off by telling you that I am not a big fan of holidays. Christmas is good because I love to give people things and Halloween rocks for all the dress up & spooky play. But everything else is either ignored or just a great excuse to get together with family. The 4th of July falls into that last category.
My parents put in a pool back in the early/mid 80s. And thus the tradition of a 4th of July pool party began. Family heads on over, brings food, drink, lawn chairs and proceeds to chat & swim all day - and sometimes well into the night. In the beginning there were my parents siblings - usually about half could make it - and all their kids. Over the years, my generation has tacked on quite a few guests via spouses/partners/"outlaws" (more fun than in-laws) and kids. This year is a mid sized get together with about 40 people. Yup, 40. update: 48. *see below if interested in the total possible*
Many on my Mom's side have migrated north for the summertime fun. My Dad's side tends to be the majority. There are only about 5 family sets that do not live close by. I always thought these types of get togethers were normal. As I got older I realized, not so much, no. I love hanging out with my family. I have a fantastic bunch of aunt & uncles & cousins - all of which added on some more great outlaws to the family. And the munchkins? Wowsers. What an awesome gaggle of kiddos.
I may sound like a party pooper to many of you, but I can so do without the parade portion of the 4th of July. It was never a part of things until hubby came along. Good thing he & his family are worth it :) So the dreaded parade is now a part of my 4th of July. The celebration attitude is fine, but I would prefer some creative goodies for the attitude portion of the festivities. Any of these would do just fine:
For those interested...the family count:
...1 top of the line Grandma; immediate family: 10;
Dad's side: 5 siblings + 5 outlaws, 12.6 cousins + 6 outlaws, 13.6ish munchkins;
Mom's side: 4 siblings + 4 outlaws, 10 cousins + 9 outlaws, 17ish munchkins;
...so 95...'ish ...plus 2 partially done...is the total possible.
Yes, our general get togethers tend to be larger than many reunions. And we do this a few times a year. The 4th, Christmas Eve (dad), Christmas (mom), Easter & Thanksgiving (every other year is the large one, but only around 10-20). Oh, and another pool party for Labor Day. And the occasional landmark birthday or anniversary. I think that's it :p
I almost feel sorry for new family entering in...that is a lot of names to remember. And please, no quizzing me.