It is taking me awhile to write down my thoughts on the 2009 Russian River "Sibling Summit". Part of the reason is that all the other mom's have expressed the tone of the gathering so well via our "Facebook" connections.
The Kids H. (NYC), E. (Seattle), L. (Oakland) Z. & M (Sebastapol), OUR BOY (MA via SF), and S. (SF)
This weekend was proposed some number of months ago by the East Bay moms to the group of us who have all virtually connected via the Donor Sibling Registry. Em & I had to push the dates into late Oct for us to even have a chance of making it & everyone was super great about making this happen. So Susan found a house at the Russian River that sleeps a ton & we all split renting it for 3 nights.
Em & I flew in from Boston, another family came from New York and a Third came from Seattle and the remaining 3 families (4 kids since there are twins) came from the Bay Area. I had met everyone but the East Bay Folks, but the NY & Seattle families hadn't met anyone BUT me before this.
So we all arrived with bags of toys & treats from our various locals - NY Bagels, Seattle Coffee (YEAH) and it pretty much felt comfortable & warm instantly. The kids were lovely with each other & with the other parents, and the Moms were just a crazed bunch of camera wielding mama's.
We ate, played, hiked, swam, soaked, danced & did it all again. I don't know if the kids felt any kind of "special" connection to one another - other than all being so close in age ... but I think that all of us moms, mommy's, ima's, baba's, etc did feel a nice familia type bonding amongst each other - which is funny since the bond is really just that we randomly went to the same sperm bank and were attracted to the same donor.
We are from different geographys, religions, age groups and backgrounds but we all just LOVE our kids & I think because of that have a deep attraction to each of these other kids who share some of the same glimmer ....
The Honk! Festival is probably our favorite annual event here in Boston/Cambridge/Sommerville. Tons of agit-prop street bands travel out here for a weekend of Mayhem that starts on the street corners at the beginning of the weekend and ends up with a parade to Harvard Square's OctoberFest Party.
We missed it last year but made sure to be around this year - here are some shots from Sunday's Parade....
The parade starts near the location of the farmers market in Davis Sq. somerville. We watch a few of the bands come down the side street.
This was a group concerned about Healthcare.... cool alien doctors....
and a Gratuitous shot of the Cousins watching the bands
A "pretend" band that was dancing down the street....
Look who got some fancy new rainboots. Actually Em ordered him two pairs of boots - one that was on sale for about $10 and This Pair - and then she let him choose which ones he liked best. And yes the kid does have good taste and likes the fancy imported from England, made by the best rainboot company money can buy boots.... No surprise really - the apple doesn't fall far from the proverbial tree does it. I wouldn't be surprised to discover that Em also accidentaly ordered a pair of these in her size too.... although I don't think she is quite as likely to accesorize with the hot pink spurs.