Sibling Day 2011 - Pacific and Eureka

If you've followed this blog at all, you'll know it's about us siblings. Every year the four of us get together and spend the day hanging out somewhere. Just the four of us.

Here we are this year with our Uncle George (our Dad's younger brother). He's the only male left of the nine siblings in his family. Our Aunt Lee is the only sister still alive.

My brother Warren planned this sibling day, well, sort of. He wanted to visit Uncle George and we made that our first stop. Much to our surprise Aunt Rosemary prepared lunch for us. Aunt Rosemary and our cousin Barb were baking cookies for a wedding next weekend. Uncle George's oldest daughter Deb's daughter is getting married. Are you confused yet? Uncle George had six children (Deb, Barb, Renee, Steve, Michael and Sandy) with his first wife. He's been with Aunt Rosemary (his second wife) for the past 30+ years. There, that might make things less confusing.

We had a delicious lunch of chicken wings, pasta salad, chips and dip. And a special treat... we were allowed to taste the cookies for the wedding. We left their beautiful home stuffed like the four little pigs, but not before a few pictures were taken--and Uncle George showing us his favorite toy. A laughing/rolling alligator. He said if you're ever kind of in the dumps, this alligator will get you out of it. You couldn't help but laugh. If I ever see one to buy, I'm nabbing it. I thought it was a riot.

Normally we have a sibling day pretty much planned. We're loose with how we go about our day, but there's some sort of agenda... unless you leave it to the brother to plan. But it doesn't take much to entertain us, so we went into downtown Eureka to browse through antique stores. Except that downtown Eureka doesn't have any antique stores any more, just in case you're wondering. We did find a few places in the Eureka area that we browsed around in. We all like to find some kind of souvenir to remember the day.

I don't know about my siblings, but I can't remember which souvenirs are from which year much less if the item is from sibling day, but it's still fun. We wait until we find something that jumps out at us. Just the thing that calls us to take it home. I purchased an old fountain pen. Suzanne found a shoe-shaped initialed luggage tag (she loves shoes, and you can see the post about the sibling day where we ended up surprising her for her 60th birthday--all around a shoe theme). Ruth found a Santa. I forgot what this particular one is called where there is one Santa (or whatever the figure is) inside the other that is smaller and you open it and then there is a smaller one yet. But instead of a smaller Santa, inside were a bunch of tiny elves. Ruth collects Santa's. Warren found a hat. You can see him sporting it in the picture below.

All in all, even with the hot weather, we all had a cool day.

And here we are at the end of the day. Oh yeah, did I tell you that we now wear matching shirts? Those numbers are our birth order.