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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