August 8, 2017
My family hosted the most awesome reunion in Johnson City, TX (a few miles outside of Austin) this past weekend. The activities took place at a rustic, western style camping ground called Flat Creek Ranch. Of course I had to take full advantage of getting some pics in for a blog post!
The weekend consisted of a southern fish fry, a trip to a cave, swimming and hanging out at the river, and the family and kids staying up all night playing catchup! We had a blast. Needless to say, I probably gained about ten pounds from the weekend alone from all of the good eating and I am lacking some serious sleep. I don’t think that any of us got slept. Of course, while we were there, I had to try and get some pictures in at this amazing place. I thought the back drop would be the perfect place for my floral dress.
DRESS: DIY (Katie Dress – Sew Sew Def Magazine) | SHOES: Stuart Weitzman (old)| |
HANDBAG: Vintage (my Aunt Linda’s)
Issue 3 of the Sew Sew Def Magazine had an awesome pattern included, the Katie Dress. The pattern had all of the components that I adore: ruffled sleeves and high low hemline in a shirtdress were all wins for me! The fabric is a cotton voile fabric that I purchased from Mood Fabrics online. The fabric has an amazing texture and hand feel. It is, however, sheer so I had to buy a short dress slip to wear underneath. By the way, if you helped vote on my social media on the buttons, I chose the mustard colored buttons! Thanks for your help in making that decision. If you are familiar with my style, I keep my accessories to a minimum when the outfit is the main message. I did however, style the look with a vintage clutch from my aunt who recently passed away. I felt like bringing that with me on the trip was like having her there with us. I think that she would have been proud that I styled a look with one of her accessories! Overall, I am pretty pleased with how the dress turned out.
The past two years our family has suffered some loss of some our matriarchs and family leaders. This year was a very critical year for our families and close extended family to get together. The fact that we were all under one roof and were able to hang out in a setting void of tvs and limited social media, we were able to reunite. The newer generation of kids were able to hang out with their cousins and create some memorable experiences. We are a pretty small, tight knit family and when we get together it’s as if we hadn’t missed a beat. I can truly say that we are blessed to have that type of bond.
What are some of your family reunion traditions?