The kids were a little nervous (me, too!) it's been almost a year since they attended my aunt's funeral and they're still not quite over her passing (me, either.)
I promised it was not going to be like that.
This was, however, an opportunity to meet up with extended family members of the Thompson Clan, from Arizona and Boston, who we haven't visited with in a very long time.
Which also gave us the chance to introduce our kids to another branch of their family.
Okay, so we were ALL a little more than nervous.
Still, it was held here in Jersey (yes, on purpose!) at Garth's (NHRN) cousin's home, which my SIL promised would be, an experience to behold.
She was NOT even kidding. The wine cellar, alone, filled from floor to ceiling with bottles of pinots, cabs, shiraz and champagnes (they weren't even dusty DANGIT!) you could tell, was created to be a very livable space, with it's own thermostat and humidifier, well, I was ready to move in.
Okay, so we were all, like, "GAWD, this is gor-juss!" and "How many bathrooms DO you have, again?" every danged chance we got, hoping not to have sounded tooooo, you know, envious.
We had a really great time, considering the circumstances and, after watching a rather emotional tribute to my uncle-in-law, we were all a little sad to go.
Until, my cousin-in-law insisted that we come back, for Christmas and, well, one or more of us may or may not have volunteered to help clean up and perhaps stay, you know, until then, or maybe even for forever.
I mean, they DO have the room (DAGNABIT!) the area is absolutely gorgeous (yes, here in Jersey!) and they seemed to like us, just fine, until.
CRASH! I backed up into this rock, left behind when they cleared the lands to make room for their 1/4 mile driveway.
And I may or may not have swapped the two "o's" for an "i" because, you know, I'm from Jersey.
"Do you think anyone heard that?"
Judging by all the cameras on the front porch, visible from way over here, even, I'd say, YES!
"Funny, I thought the rock would be bigger!"
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