Joe's dad, Joe Sr., is one of 10 kids, and many of his siblings live on the East Coast. As it happens, his youngest brother, Mike, lives in Shrewsbury, Mass., which is about 2 hours away from where we now live. So yesterday, all seven of us (Joe's parents, Joe's nephew, me, Joe, and the dogs) drove up to visit!
We had a great time getting to know everyone. Everyone is super nice and they have the kick-assest accents. We spent all day at their place, which is right on a lake. We went out on a pontoon boat (took the dogs!) and it was so relaxing. It really seemed like everyone was happy to get to know these relatives they hadn't seen in 20 years.
It really reminded me of how nice it was to get to know my Dutch relatives once we finally made the trip overseas to visit. Once we got to know them and realized how great they were, we vowed to stay in touch - and we did!
We're going to try to stay connected with Joe's uncle and cousins and maybe catch a Red Sox game or three together during the year. Hopefully it won't be another 20 years before everyone sees each other again!
Cousin Michelle, Aunt Kathy, Cousin Jessica
Ava actually acted like a real dog and laid in the grass!
Joe Sr. and Uncle Mike
Joe, Jackson, & Zachery (Joe's nephew)
Zach and Jackson
Jackson absolutely LOVED the boat! I think he was a sailor in a previous life.
Michelle, me, & Ava
(Ava didn't care one way or the other about the boat. She stayed cuddled on my lap most of the day. Shocking, I know.)
Zach, Connie, & Joe