Every year on President’s Day Weekend the Souhrada family gets together for family fun. We started this tradition years ago in Walin, MN. When we started there was less kids and a lot more sewing and card playing. The weekend has evolved over the years to snow mobiles, sledding, sewing, massages, cards, and beer. It has turned into a hotel, separate bedrooms, a pool, children crafting table, Disney Pixar movies, and late nights up with children (instead of 500 and beer). I think you get the picture. The Souhrada family was 7 grandchildren and has grown into 18 great grand children and I don’t think we are done. Just to be clear, I am done, but I might have some cousins still looking to increase their families. I know they are envious of my army.
So let’s reminisce on some memorable happenings of these family weekends…
~ Yoga (thanks Jane!)
~ An iron burning a hole into the linoleum that caused us to never return to Walin.
~ Diet Mountain Dew
~ Diet Pepsi
~ Lanesboro wine tasting for MJ and Brett’s wedding
~ Interpretive dancing for Grandma. One of the most uncomfortable things I have ever done with my family.
So why do we have Christmas in February? Well, for this lady famously known as Grandma Cookie.
Grandma’s birthday is on leap year so I think this year she turned 24 and a half. We celebrate her birthday, her life, and her family. This lady means a lot to many of the Souhrada’s. Each person remembers what we have learned from her and how we grew up in her house and garden. Just a few things (I am pulling some of these memories from our interpretive dance a few years back), oodles of red thread, oreo cookies, asparagus patch, “always sign your name at the bottom”, smiles, hugs, rides in the lawn mower wagon, the doll room, the pretty room, strawberry patch, snoring, and collie dogs. We are, because she is. We are her legacy.
So I didn’t get as much sewing done as I hoped, but I did get to pick up my serger from Pine Needles Quilt Shop. It is awesome!!! I have more to share with you about my newest addition to my sewing collection, but that is for another post.
The kids loved the pool and Brett even got Bennett to go down the slide.
As you can tell there was a little sewing. My projects were leg warmers and bibs. I got Sarah roped into my projects too. We have a play date next week to finish them up. Marcia got a quilt done. I think the count was at 8 sewing machines.
Highlights from this year (A special thank you to my contributors):
Marcia laughing at Sarah and I talking about raising children. I think we sometimes make our mothers feel like it was pure luck that they kept us alive.
From Ericka: Watching all the kids swim! Loved the hotel! Favorite Souhrada get together thus far!
Going to Pine Needles to get my serger.
Friday night 500 with Brett, Sarah, and Kelby. Mom, Thanks for sleeping with Ethan.
From Suzie: The volume and ever present dirty diaper odor…it was the price she had to pay to have everyone under the same roof or really crammed into a small meeting room.
Giving Marcia a hard time, after realizing that an 8 year old had the same model of my old sewing machine.
Netflix – thank you for being available whenever Ethan and Bennett are having a melt down.
From CJ: Seeing Grandma Cookie so happy! I wish you all could hear the joy in her voice knowing that she could be a part of this.
Watching Uncle Wane go to the pool about 20 times with Kegan.
From Marcia: That we have the best family – everyone gets along and pitches in where needed – smiles on everyone’s faces – how proud Gma is of her brood.
Bennett coloring on the chair and feeling good that it wasn’t my chair. Side note on this one is that it did wash off and just last night Bennett’s color crayon found my chair. I hate Karma.
Watching Brett ride the exercise bike with a kid on his lap and one crawling on the hand weights.
From Kelly: Watching the new with Dad. Was there something going on in Madison, WI last weekend?
Losing a wind shield wiper while driving home in the snow storm. We almost spent the night in Pine Island.
This year for Grandma’s birthday we gave her a Twin’s jersey. She loved it!
Another President’s Day is over. Only 361 days until next year. Ladies, start your Bernina’s.
Did you hear that? I think Jane is cackling. Jane, we hope you are enjoying your new home. We look forward to celebrating your life at Jane’s Jubilee next month.