We had a family reunion for my husband's side of the family - a wonderful week at a luxurious mountain retreat in North Carolina... which included some outstanding art at every turn...
A relaxing and joyous week reconnecting with extended family - about 50 in total - stories and food - holding babies - fly fishing and rafting for some, laughs and games and long talks for all - a week long celebration of Nani and Poppie's 50th wedding anniversary... a gathering we will never forget. It was just amazing.
And it included the requisite GYOZA NIGHT:
I really regret not taking more photos throughout the week - but I guess I was trying to be "in the moment" !
And on Friday the reconnecting continued with a visit to my brother's family, where my Dad and Denise also joined us from Colorado. A quieter gathering but also precious time together.
North Carolina is so beautiful and it was a long but easy drive. (It seems like yesterday that we had sleeping baby and two preschoolers in the backseat on road trips - how did they grow up so fast?)
At my brother's we marveled at the house he recently finished building. He is a master carpenter.
She is making little drawstring bags for children at a therapeutic horse camp where she volunteers her time - she has a heart of gold!
Grandpa and Grandma D catching a photo with all their grandkids:
Paintings by Uncle Frank, set beautifully in the dining room:
At this point most of you are thinking... where are the quilts in this post? Ha ha... I did snap some photos of a few I've made for my nieces over the years:
Butterfly applique quilt:
"Love is Spoken Here":
A simple sweet baby quilt made by Grandma Mary Lou:
And this great old Crazy Quilt in a bar setting - I love it!
A great vacation so focused on reconnecting with all sorts of family - just the thing we needed as we transition from Japan back to the U.S. Soon I will post about the small sashiko project I am working on - so stay tuned!