Honey, I'm home!
Now, before I get into the details of our family getaway I've just got to get something off my chest. When we arrived home yesterday afternoon after a full day of travel I was appalled to see that someone had stolen L'il E's almost new Radio Flyer wagon off our front porch! Maybe I'm too trusting, but come on. I hope that Karma bites this no-good, low-life, thief in the ass. Anyway I digress...
I've had a full day of reflection and my two takeaways from this week-long reprieve are cousins and in-laws. The Hubs, L'il E and I just spent a week in beautiful Lunenburg, NS at the Hubs' parents cottage, where we were accompanied by our nieces and nephew (ages 2, 3, 3 and 5), the Hubs' two sisters and one husband, the other was noticeably absent (ahem, we'll forgive you this time). With five kids under the age of five we didn't get much down-time, but I have returned feeling very refreshed and with a new sense of closeness to my inherited family.
As we frolicked at the beach, blew bubbles on the deck, and ate as a full family every night (God bless my east-coast mama for her sergeant major ways) I watched as memories were formed in the making. Despite countless trips to "2P", as the cottage in Lunenburg is affectionately named, this sense of family only just now has resonated with me. The thing that struck me the most was the inherent way cousins relate to each other. They all rarely see one another, but for the five days we were together there we no fights and no tears, just pure child-like fun. I can remember that same fun playing with my cousins as a kid and it's the most awesome feeling to witness it again through the eyes of L'il E.
Being an only "lonely" child I love that I have gained two sisters, two brothers-in-law, and nieces and nephews, plus two pretty great parents in-law. From the beginning I've always felt like the fourth child in their family of three, partly because I'm the youngest, but mostly because the fit is just right.
Yay for families and I can't wait to see it continue to grow and be nurtured.