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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Oxford Reunion

I had the opportunity to take the weekend and drive to my sister's house near Oxford, Mchigan. It's only a 6 hour drive not counting Toronto traffic and the line at the border. You may have heard of the snowstorm that struck the Midwest yesterday. We got a taste of it.

That's looking out toward the road. We eventually got about 3 inches.

This one is looking out into the backyard My sister and her husband owns the house that we grew up in. There are a lot of wonderful memories here from when we were children playing in the fields and woods that surround the house.

Father, Grandfather and great Grandfather. The Old Buffalo is still going strong (There's a story behind the "old Buffalo" name that dates back almost 40 years) and enjoying life and his family.

This perpetually cluttered kitchen table has seen and heard thousands of stories, arguments,tears and laughs. We've solved the world's problems at least a million times as we sat around it, drinking coffee, eating scrumptious meals and playing with the smaller children. My oldest younger sister Cindy (I'm the oldest) and her husband Gordy work on dinner while Kat (Their daughter and my niece) plays with her phone.

Dogs. There's always been a dog here, sometimes more than one. Luck Dragon is the current queen of the house. Despite her rather sad look, she gets more attention than she can handle. She is utterly spoiled.

And while we all sit around talking, Liliana, Kat's daughter, practices her photography under the watchful eye of Papa, as Great Grandpa is known.

Hope you all are well.



Lorraine Hart said...

How wonderful to visit with the family! Yeesh, I'm glad to be where it really is spring though. I had a lifetime's worth of snow in Ontario.

When you're on your way back to Trenton and you pass the YYZ...wave north, to my parents, will you please? Thanks...stay warm!

Kim Thompson said...

Hi VW:

Great pics and sentiments. Glad to see that you had time at the ol' homestead. That's the best isn't it?

Enjoy! And here's to melting snow!


EmeraldPrincessOnline said...

A thoroughly enjoyable read! Thanks so much for sharing your family with us. The pictures are great!

M. Sugimura said...

This was a most enjoyable family gathering....

Stephanie Frieze said...

Thanks for sharing your homecoming. Glad you got some R&R with your extended family. ~Stephanie

VW said...

Thanks all, it was a wonderful visit.

And Lorraine, I did wave. I had time to get out of the car and stand on the roof! Just as I got to Mississauga, the 401 jammed up to parking lot status. Ah well, such is GTA traffic. It makes most of what we face around Seattle Tacoma look absolutely tame.