|I was about 7 when this photo was taken, |
it was of my family and relatives at our house.
There's 14 of us in total, including my husband, myself and our two girls, my parents, my two brothers and their families. We don't get to see each other that often, but when we do, we have a lovely time catching up on what's been happening, and sit back and watch our children play together.
The kids range from 10, to 6, 5, 3.8, 3.5, to my youngest "Cherub" who is nearly 8 months old. They all get along great, and have lots of fun together.
Unfortunately my eldest brother is moving his family to Brisbane next month, so getting together won't happen all that often. What's sad is that my girls won't get to see or know their cousins. Unlike when I was growing up, I used to see my cousins regularly for birthdays, Christmas lunch, or a BBQ.
My second eldest brother is also looking at selling his business and home, and moving his family to the Central Coast. It's not quite as far as Brisbane, so hopefully we'll still be able to catch-up over long weekends or during holidays, but its still a shame that they are also moving.
While we aren't the closest of families or see each other that regularly, maybe every 3-4 months, it's always nice to have your family close in case you ever need them or want to pop in and say "Hi" or use their bathroom!! (A couple months ago we were leaving my cousins 50th, when "Popette" vomitted in her carseat. We were so grateful that my brother lived nearby and were able to call in and give "Popette" a quick bath and the carseat a quick clean up before driving home.)
So this week I am grateful for family get togethers I have had, and look forward to having in the future.
What are you grateful for?