We have had a huge few days. It was decided 6 months ago that all of Daniels family would come and spend the Easter long weekend with us. And what a good idea it seemed at the time....
The lead up was stressful. I made it stressful. There were things I really wanted done by the time everyone got here and, realistically, there just wasn't time. Life has been ridiculously busy. Laughing as I type that because, really, when isn't it? Work has ramped up (mine and D's) and I have also added in formal learning for the kids. Just keeping house with four children around all the time and trying to add in my volunteer work and you get why I feel overwhelmed sometimes!
But all of that went out the door when the cars started rolling up. It was so nice to reconnect with family, to feel apart of something bigger than the ordinary day to day stuff. There is something about conversations about times long, long past. Something about the connection with your younger self or something. It was also beautiful to see the connections happening in the next generation. I don't know who said it but it is so true....A cousin is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost......
We didn't plan for there to be so many structured activities. It just kinda happened. Because we wanted to. The best kind.
We had an impromptu dance party on Saturday night. It really reminded me of when we were kids and we would be involved in the adults parties. 21st, engagements, weddings - you name it, we went along with our parents. You don't see that as much now. I know my kids haven't been to nearly as many as I had at their age. It was awesome and so good for the kids to see their parents let their hair down and have FUN.
And then crash all together in the lounge room:
Children need to see things like this, I think it helps them see us as human beings. They get to sit around the campfire and hear the stories of when we were younger, before our entire lives became about them. And I also feel like I have had a break from them because they were so occupied by the other kids. This is what I miss about living in a community. Although, I do have to say - after 4 nights with up to 26 people - I have breathed a sigh of relief to be getting back to our routine!
Hope you all had as good a Easter as we did. x