We traveled to Lawrence, KS for the official Cimafranca Family Reunion (My mom’s side). We haven’t had a reunion since 1999, and there have been many additions thru births and marriages since then. It was a great trip, and you could just tell how incredibly happy Grandma Peny was. There were even cousins that my mom hadn’t seen since leaving the Philippines in the early 1970’s! That was pretty neat. They’ve been able to reconnect through Facebook.
The kids played and played with cousins, until they were worn out. Nathan got eaten by chiggers (they were not invited to the reunion, but showed up anyways for a Nathan feast). I mostly stayed indoors in a sitting position. It was so hot, anytime I moved, I’d drip sweat. Oh, I also ate and ate and ate some more delicious food. The night we arrived, we were welcomed to Gyros and salad… YUM! Then the Reunion party… Roasted pig (lechon), Chicken adobo, and all sorts of yummyness! I really enjoyed getting to see the family! I hadn’t seen lots of them in years and years. We’re hoping we can do this more often.
I’m so thankful that many years ago, my Grandma made the decision to move to the US to continue teaching, and to give her kids more opportunities. Since then, her children have spread out all over the US and raised families of their own. Now her grandkids are raising her great grandkids. I’m glad that lots of the family were able to gather this past weekend! It was a blast!