Tuesday, December 01, 2009

At this point in my extended family - we have the following combinations of people:
Grandma's, mom's, dads, uncles, aunties, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, sisters, brothers, 1st cousins, 2nd cousins, 1st cousins once removed, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, fiancee's, boyfriend, girlfriend.

We range in age from 5 years 70+ years.  
We can all be under the same roof for 12 hours without losing minds!

The most remarkable family "community" among us is the community of "cousin offspring" and their "significant others".  The offspring of 6 cousins, ranging in age from 5-24 years have formed their own little family community.

These 2nd cousins have special bonds.  They also have their own traditions  
which include rowdy card games of Nertz and a night game of "Jail Break" (known to folk my age as "Night Raiders") on Thanksgiving.

This year they added a new game -- but we don't know what it's called yet!

Left alone in the family room, us "others" heard loud "Huu-ahh" yells coming from another room.  When curiosity got the best of us older folk -- we went to investigate this new game . . .

which included a chopping like movement and yells of "Huu-ah" (sounds like Who-Ah)

Like I said -- their own tight community!

Year after year the older kids help with the younger ones
including them, loving on them, and modeling
how to be caring people.

When the two youngest were partied out -- big sis, cousin Nate, Uncle Kirk, and mom worked together to get them in the car and home.

You know that all us "older cousins" cherish every minute watching our kids spend time with -- and enjoy each other's friendship and kinship.

You also know. . .
that there is NEVER a dull moment!


  1. so much fun! i love the family gatherings :)

  2. Thanksgiving was a blast! Thank you again for having me along :)

  3. Yah Hey Dehr -- good times in the Great (and soon to be white) North country.

    Favorite Memory: Uncle Dirk pulling a Hammy at Lou's while telling a Water Ski story about someone getting injured. :)

  4. It's cool to see others that know about Nertz. You should definitely check out http://www.playnertz.com/ , the site for the National Nertz Association. There is a bunch of interesting Nertz information, videos, and photos there AND you can play Nertz on-line for free. I recommend it to all Nertz players! So cool. =)


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