Monday, January 14, 2013

Extended Families and Such

I’m back on the plane now flying back home. The big difference between travelling with kids versus travelling alone is I have the option to sit here and blog or sleep the entire way if I choose! I do miss my kids, though. When I found out that my flight was delayed and I’d be getting in past my little one’s bedtime, I was sad. I miss holding and hugging my children and I especially feel bad that I’m not there to help them feel better since two out of three got sick. The other was recovering and better by the time I left. Kudos to daddy who held down the fort while I was gone! 

Well, it has been a productive couple of days. Not only did I get a chance to help my grandmother get set up for a bunch of benefits that they had no idea she qualified for… but I also helped my youngest aunt move. I really thought I’d be getting a lot of rest and time to myself but instead I felt pulled in many directions trying to meet different needs and navigate through family dynamics. There is usually quite a lot of drama when it comes to interacting with this side of the family! 

Overall, I’m glad I was able to come out and spend time with my uncle, three aunts, and my grandmother who turned 96 today! Extra bonus… I also got to spend time with a cousin from the other side of the family (in case you cannot tell I have a huge extended family). 

Growing up with lots of uncles, aunts, and cousins, I’ve always thought how great and fun it is to have a large family. Having only one sister, I was determined to have more than two kids… so here I am with three. Now, we’re getting ready to have a pretty huge cousins reunion with all our kids this coming summer. That should be a lot of fun... and I think a lot less drama.