Squirrel Nutkin And His Role In Family Reunions



“It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how!” –The Cat (The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess)


That quote above is my new motto. I’m thinking it in my head ALL the time. Suess sticks to me.


Holiday weekend folks. Fragmented sentences brought to you by the fermented coffee in my tummy. Too many cups! Too many cups!
It’s time for fireworks, hot dogs, sunshine and sweat…and in my case, the semi-annual family reunion.
Every two years, my mother’s giant extended family gathers together to…re-unionize. It is a big event. We have a schedule, a family website, a menu plan, and a tee shirt that everyone but my Uncle Ron wears.
Yes. There are some organized people in my family.
I’ve been pretending to pack all day. I just remembered I was supposed to make cookies for this event. I have also realized that I have no pants. Having two children in two years made my wardrobe choices limited…I basically have two pair of pants that fit, everything else being too baggy or (horrors) too tight. I also have a pair of “skinny” jeans that fit but do NOT make me look skinny. I hate them.
Where are my pants? I’ve looked everywhere. I have decided that my little sister who is home from college has stolen/borrowed them. In conclusion, I have packed my lone pair of pants, which happen to be liars. They are “skinny”. Lies. LIES!
I will be attending the family reunion with my deceitful pants. Hooray. I will also be wearing my regulation tee shirt, because I’m not a rebel like my Uncle Ron (who last time wore an electric orange shirt for family pictures).
One time, my family decided to ask me, THE ART MAJOR, to design the official reunion shirt.
I was honored.
This is what I came up with:
Obviously I’m inherently evil.
I couldn’t help myself.
I mean, could YOU pass up the opportunity to dress your entire family in crazy squirrel shirts?
I had a great family motto for the shirts, but it didn’t make the cut:
“The nut doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
Luckily for everyone involved, this year’s logo is much more sophisticated in an Art Deco, Vienna Secession sort of way. I love it. Good work relatives!
Have a great weekend folks!
p.s. My last name is NOT Dolop. It is an acronym. My family rocks the acronyms.

20 thoughts on “Squirrel Nutkin And His Role In Family Reunions

  1. That may be the coolest thing I've ever seen!! A family website and matching t shirts!!!!

    I can totally relate to the pants problem. 2 babies in 2 years is a body killer… I keep waiting to loose my baby weight so I can buy new pants. Since it hasn't come off… I don't have new pants!! I hope the skinny jeans make you feel lovely! Have a great 4th!

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  2. Ha! Thanks for the late afternoon smile. I hate jeans. I hate skinny jeans and do not understand why they came back into fashion.
    Oh, and about blog rolls . . . I get your point. I obviously cannot visit all the blogs on my blog roll daily. But I have been having trouble keeping up and remembering whose blogs to visit, so I was hoping for one big list so I could keep track. I do stop by and “know” all the peeps on my blog roll. I did not just add any stranger who wanted to be on there! 🙂
    Have a fun family reunion.
    Go Uncle Ron!

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  3. If you have a BFA I am gonna be jealous. Like totally. Also, I just bought my first pair of skinny jeans this year, only because they complimented my thunder thighs so lovingly, except apparently I am not supposed to sit down with them on because my crack hangs out when I do. Have fun at your reunion!!!

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  4. I'll give you back your pants if you give me back my necklace, shirt, and sweats, and skirt….i think thats all…oh I'll take my flip flops back too thank you very much. 🙂 But I love our trading/stealing traditions, your the best sister ever!!(Danae I love you too and your the best ever) –I'm a peace keeper what can i say.

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  5. That's some funny stuff! Love the squirrel! Love Uncle Ron the Rebel! Love the pants dilemma! Well not the pants dilemma itself, for that I am sorry, but the story was funny. Have fun with your family!

    P.S. My youngest is also 2 1/2 and he was totally fine with Toy Story 3. Big Baby didn't scare him. There is one part where it looks like the toys are going into a fiery inferno that scared him a little but overall he LOVED it! He's talked about it everyday since. Like I said in my post, I think it was the perfect ending to the Toy Story trilogy. 🙂

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  6. You crack me up. Are you sure you just drank too much coffee or are you wearing a few caffeine patches a la Jimmy Neutron?

    Btw, I think skinny jeans are kind of like the high legged bathing suits from the 1980's that were supposed to make everyone look leggy and gorgeous: evil LIES!.

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  7. Jo Ann,
    Mom is standing over my sholder dictating to me…. “Ron is a 'COUSIN' not an 'Uncle'. He would not have survived growing up, in the Johnston family.” 🙂 And this is from me, Joel loved the retarded squirrel shirt so much he wore it in public to many of our “fine” outings, even though it was a coffee magnet. So takeing things into my own hands, when he departed to millitary trainging for 7 mos. It disapeared…… Unfortinately I have a big mouth and my neighbor, taking an intrest in the “squirrel” shrit, aquired one just like Joel's it even came with the same coffee stains….. Weird.
    Julia

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  8. Dear Joel who I assume is Julie:
    I got confused okay? We have ninety million relatives so I think it's understandable. And he's technically my MOM's Cousin, so what is he to me? My cousin too?
    Let's just call him “relative ron” from here on out. It's got a nice ring to it.

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  9. I'm pretty sure you're a little bit of a rebel like relative Ron. But in a good way. Hope you're having a blast and finding lots of good writing material that will make me laugh out loud (and possibly spit coffee onto my computer).

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