All of my siblings and my parents live in the greater Minneapolis area. We live in Anchorage. There are about 4000 miles between the 2 cities.
This makes getting together for birthdays and holidays a bit of a challenge.
I was feeling a bit sad that I had missed out on so many things over the past 8 months and really wanted to celebrate SOMETHING while in Minnesota.
So we had a birthday party: for all the cousins. It was a ball.
Mom and I went and got cards for all the kids. Lucy picked up Dairy Queen gift certificates. A cake was ordered, ice cream procured. And we partied.
We started out by having everyone write on everyone elses’ card. It was very fun, each kid got a card that was signed by all of their cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents on the Showalter side of the family.
We sang “Happy Birthday” and found that it takes a lot longer when you have to run through 13 names at the “happy birthday dear…” part of the song.
That night somewhere between 5 and 5000 cousins spent the night at my folks house. It was as it should be!