Each August, Mark and Peggy invite the family over for an “end of the summer” party and get together. We always look forward to this day because I love getting together with “almost” my entire family. Most years, Peggy’s brother Pete and his wife and Peggy’s sister, Josie usually come over as well to make it an extended family gathering. It’s the one time a year we get to see them too, because like Mark & Peggy, they are so busy working. We missed them this year, they just couldn’t get away. Also missing this year was Nate and Kelly. Nate was at a golf fundraiser all day for our friends, Joe & Cheryl Faeh. Kelly went camping for her first time, with her friend Lauren. So Megan and I represented the Solbergs last night.
This year we had a new guest at the party. Her name is Kinsey and she is Zach & Lindsey’s 8 month old daughter. She was definitely the life of the party. We couldn’t get enough of her and that cute smile of hers. Megan and I took turns holding her and playing with her as much as we could. She is such a good baby and had no problems going to any of us scary adults. She seems to like being held, but boy does she want to learn to walk. I think she may skip the crawling stage and go straight for the upright position. Whenever you put her down on her feet, a huge smile came to her face and she’d try so hard to take a step. Not quite there yet, but give her a couple more months and she’ll be off!
We did enjoy a feast of food last night as well. Mark and Peggy sure know how to put on a spread. Mark grilled chicken wings and burgers. The wings had a rub on them and they had five different sauces to choose, that you could dip them into. My favorite was the italian wings dipped in marinara sauce. Mmm, so delicious! My mouth is watering just thinking about them now. Of course, we had fresh vegetables picked from their gardens and some watermelon. Lindsey and Zach brought over a Snicker Salad to share as well. Everything was so tasty!
Later on, Mark loaded up logs onto the fire pit and we enjoyed a wonderful evening around the bonfire and roasted some gigantic marshmallows that were a bit challenging to toast. Megan figured out that the best way to roast these monsters, was to eat half of them first, then put them on your “triton” and then into the fire. ha! I got to eat the top of mine before the rest of it fell into the fire. Sandra had gooey fingers trying to turn hers over. It was quite funny watching grown adults try to defeat the marshmallow. Sadly, we lost…marshmallows won. ha~
We always hate to say good-bye after this party. Wish it could go on much longer. I love how we all get along so well and really enjoy each other’s company. My brother’s & sister, sister-in-law, and niece & nephew are so much fun to hang around. I only wish we could do it much more often, and of course, with the entire family too. So I guess, I’ll see them all again at Christmas when we’ll have more stories to tell and more laughing all through the night. And I bet, little Kinsey will be walking around by then. We’ll have to chase her around the house!