Family gathering in the American midwest

Trip Start Sep 05, 2009
Trip End Sep 20, 2009

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The Petersons'

Flag of United States  , Illinois
Sunday, September 6, 2009

This isn't a true travel tale but a great chance to spend some time with our extended family on the Wenzel/Peterson side after we already had a great family gathering on the Nessler/Jehle side of the family this May. It's the first part of this year's annual holiday in the Great Lakes States area. So we've settled down for a change...

We met  up in Washington (Illinois) with my sister Ati, her husband Luke and their two fantastic little girls, Maggie and Maya, to celebrate Maya's baptism. Throw in both sets of grandparents, us and aunt Julie and you have a proper family meeting.

Washington is a small suburban town suited wonderfully to accomodate young families. Plenty of nurseries, schools, open spaces and safe roads. Just the place you want your kids to grow up.

The Christening service by Pastor Hauck was great. Both grandmothers sang in the choir with Ati and Luke and aunt Julie was elevated into beaming Godmotherhood. We then celebrated at home with the pastor and his wife.

The rest of the week was spent with daily strolls and bike trips through town, swimming, jogging, playing golf (and not too bad, either, to my utter surprise). This interspersed with lounging in the garden and plenty of playing with the children, baking and painting with Maggie kept us well occupied. The end of our stay culminated in another surprise visit from Kevin and Jaynee who had brought along a fantastic side of beef from Hurricane, West Virginia. Great to see them again. And what better way to end our stay than sit around the fire and craft "smors" out of marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate?

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