Sunday, November 27, 2011

It’s A Family Affair

Yesterday we rallied the troops for another monumental Vagnoni family breakfast at Bonnie’s Diner. When we gathered on the Fourth of July, there were 24 of us in attendance. I am proud to announce that we were able to hit that same magical total on Saturday. That number meant that once again, a “kids” table was required to accommodate our brood.

Joining me for this epic gathering were Mom, brother Mike, his wife Amy and their boys, John and Ryan, brother Joey, Uncle John (the Godfather) and Auntie Janet (Fellow Survivor Geek), cousin Susie and her boys, Alex (the Godson) and Nick, Uncle Joe and Auntie Joanne, cousin Mark and his wife Pat, cousin Annie and her daughter, Mia, Uncle Dave and Aunt Bonnie, cousin Mindy and her daughter, Samantha, cousin Shelly and her husband, James.

As planned, Susie and I formally announced our plan to put together a book chronicling the escapades of our family at the venerable “Cottage”. As we distributed the info request forms, a buzz started and the old stories were soon flying all over the small northside eatery.

Mixed in with all of the reminiscing were laughter, plenty of smiles, a few tears and a delicious breakfast. It was wonderful spending a morning with 23 people that I love. Here are a few photos from the bash.

A Portion of the Vagnoni Clan

Auntie Joanne, Uncle Joe and Uncle John - The Godfather

Mia and Nick at the "Kids" Table

Auntie Janet, Ryan, Amy, John and Mike

Annie and Susie

Me and Joey

It was great to see how well received the “Cottage” book idea was. Using the family breakfast at as a “launch party” was a wonderful idea. Again, thanks to cousin Susie for that one. Now it’s just a matter of getting it done.

Until next time…from the booth.


Alaska Karen said...

Awesom. Just awesome. Sounds like the book is going to be fantastic! Your family should be the "poster family" of what Thanksgiving should look and sound like! After reading about the horrid behavior that occured surrounding disgusting buy-crap Friday, it was refreshing to read your blog today. Thanks, as usual Paul!

Paul E. Vagnoni said...

Thanks, Karen! If you would like to share any memories of the "Cottage" that you may have, feel free to share!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the quicky, Paul. Can I get Auntie Joanne's #?

Paul E. Vagnoni said...

Just who are you, Mr. Anonymous? You better be careful, there is a cop in the Vagnoni family. And a nurse…

Leplume said...

What a clan! Aren't big families the best? I whole heartedly approve of the book idea too and I'm not even a Vagnoni! LOL

Paul E. Vagnoni said...

Thanks for your overwhelming approval. Mary Beth!