NWR - I'm conflicted!
Okay ladies, whenever I'm on the fence about something I like to get all of your opinions, you help me see all sides and all of your heads are infinitely smarter than mine!!
My family always has a huge 4th of July picnic family reunion in my hometown. We rent a park and grill out, and we used to play a game of softball and volleyball until everyone started to get too old :p and then go out to the farm at night for a bonfire and fireworks. For years it was my absolute favorite thing in the entire world. I see people I don't normally see, get to catch up and eat a lot of good food. But the past few years have been kind of depressing because there are a lot of the great aunts and uncles who aren't doing too well, a few have passed and everyone else pretty much shows up to eat and just sits around.
And now we live 2 hours away and we have friends coming to our place that night. So we would have to drive 2 hours, sit there for 2-3 hours, then drive 2 hours back home. Plus, the picnic planning gets my mom and Grandma really stressed out and that makes DH uncomfortable so this year he is ALL FOR not going. And I can understand his point of view since it's not his family.
But it kills me to think of everyone gathering for the picnic and asking where I am (because I know they will) and me not attending yet another family get together because we live so far away. I love my crazy family and I know there will be laughter...that is what I miss the most. We only live a short way from DH's family so we get together with them a lot. I know it's going to be a long drive for a quick trip, really just to eat...but the idea of not being there is messing with me! DH told me this morning that he'll do whatever, I have to choose soon so we know how to plan.
Thoughts? What would you do??