We're safely home, and happy to be here, though we DID hate to leave all those lovely people, as we each hugged and promised to "do it again in Spring---exactly the same," before we loaded folks and toys and clothes and too-many-bags-and-pillows-and-things-to-count into those four cars and all went our separate ways.
We staggered into the house after an afternoon of many delays in traffic, and sunny skies and Miss Dolly Parton on the CD, her golden notes ringing out through those Tennessee hills she was born in. We all had showers and midnight bedtimes, then a bright cheery breakfast with DS#2, #4, and Sweetpea.
I just noticed that the counter on here is getting very close to Post #600, and I'm usually prone to conserve and ponder appropriate words for such a milestone, but this time, there's too much to tell in SEVEN posts, I think, save to say it was the BEST Family Gathering this group has ever had---at least from my perspective. Everyone was so glad to all see the others, and the children played and did art and sang together like it was an everyday thing. It was wonderful, from start to finish, and I wouldn't have missed it for anything.
Laundry is going, most of the bags are relieved of their mishmash of necessaries and frivols, and the second pot is perking, as I fold things and put away things and talk about our trip with Little One---pictures of her cousins and aunts and uncles flash onto the screen here, hundreds of them, for we preserved the time as best we could, in pictures and deep in our hearts. Until next time.
And so, for this very busy Monday, Until Next Time for me, as well.