2 grandparents, 2 aunts, 2 uncles, 3 cousins, 2 spouses of cousins, 5 children of cousins and their spouses, 1 mom, 1 sister, and 1 brother= 20 Schreimann’s all reuniting in the great land of Potosi, Missouri. We spent an entire week together at a YMCA camp called Trout Lodge, which is nestled in the woods of east Missouri and situated right next to Camp Lakewood, which is where my mom went to camp when she was a kid!
Let me introduce you to my lovely family (well, my mom’s half at least):
First, the stars of the show, my amazingly caring and generous grandparents Mimi & Bop (Gini & Hank to the real world). They are the most precious people I know, and I’m blessed and beyond proud to call them my grandparents. They will be married 64 years this August…man oh man. That’s more than 3x my life (I’m 21).
My Aunt Jan and Uncle Bob. Jan is one of my mom’s older sisters and she is married to my Uncle Bob.
My cousin Emily (left) is Jan’s oldest kid and on the right is my older sister Lindsay.
Adam is my cousin and Jan’s other kid. This is him with his wife, Melissa, and their third child, Evan. Melissa is currently pregnant with her fourth.
This is Adam & Melissa’s oldest child, Ian (right) and their second child, Owen (left).
This is my Aunt Nancy and my Uncle Dave. Nancy is my mom’s other older sister.
This is my cousin Jenny, Nancy’s daughter and her husband Jeff.
This is Isabella (Izzy), Jenny & Jeff’s first daughter.
And Gabriella (Gabby), Jenny & Jeff’s other daughter.
And of course most of you know my mom (right)….
And my baby bro (he’s 20, not so baby anymore).
Missing: my older sister Chelsea, my cousin Sara (Nancy’s daughter), and my dad.
And here’s the whole lovely lot of us!
We had a great time swimming, golfing, watching fireworks, eating a WHOLE LOT, napping, kayaking, paddleboating, canoeing, shooting rifles and shotguns, doing archery, lots of fun arts and crafts, playing bingo and ping pong, and all in all just spending time together. It was so wonderful and we all had a great time. I miss my family already. Can’t wait for Adam & Melissa’s kiddo to arrive at the end of September—nobody knows if it’s a boy or a girl (including them!) but we do know that it’ll be either an Aidan or an Annie. We’re excited!
Family is a blessing and should be treated as such. I am so fortunate to have a loving, fun and supportive family. God has given me such an undeserving gift in them. Not to be all sappy, but no matter what, appreciate your family—forget the baggage that inevitably comes along with them and just remember to soak in the happiness they bring to your life! He is good, all the time.
So, I notice a lot of little things in the behaviors/customs of my Argentine host family that are different from what I know as a North American. I will continually update this list as more roll in, as I’m sure they will. I will put the most recent updates in bold.
More to come…