Embrace Your “I Do” Tribe: Sloss Family Reunion 2014

Last week my mother-in-law took her four adult children, three sons/daughters-in-laws, one cousin and her brother and one sister-in-law away to the beautiful Carmel Highlands. As I wrote in my last post, Embrace Your “I Do” tribe, getting together with family can be great, but it also can be stressful. To my mother-in-law’s credit, this event was fun and easy.

I must admit to some apprehension when getting ready for our family reunion: this was the first time we had done a Sloss Family reunion with no kids (there are 11 grandchildren ranging from 13 to 25); the weather in Carmel in the summer can be iffy (which is Californian for cold and grey); sometimes it can be tense when families get together, even if everyone wants to get along.

Surprising to me, it was fun to get together without all the kids. There was no kid fussing, no kid stress and no kid drama. We had magnificent weather: sunny, clear, the ocean was calm—it was picture perfect really. We saw whales from the shore and got to sit out by the pool enjoying the rare July Carmel sunshine. On our last night together we celebrated my mother-in-law’s 85th birthday with songs and memories and poems and games. Here are some photos from the event.

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5 thoughts on “Embrace Your “I Do” Tribe: Sloss Family Reunion 2014

  1. Tom

    Another insightful post by a great observer of family dynamics, and one who appreciates their significance. Thanks Heidi.

    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I was talking to my mother the other day and we were discussing how we each value family members and getting together differently. Even though getting together with extended family can be stressful, I find great value in being with them. I know that not everyone in my family of origin agrees with this. But I still like seeing everyone, even those who drive me nuts!

    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      It was a lot of fun, and much more than I had anticipated. I value family and getting together, but not all of my family of origin does. Love them or hate them, they are our family!

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