For years David’s sister, her husband and their (now) 4 kids have been wanting to move back to MA from southern CA where they’ve been for 10 years. This summer that dream became reality when he got a job offer at the local high school! David flew out to Southern CA, helped them pack their house into a 26′ moving truck, and drove across the country with them. It took just over a week (and Ellie and I missed him like crazy!), and unpacked their belongings into our garage (hey, I was too big to fit around things in there already, so what’s some more stuff?) Now not only David, Ellie, Molly (the dog), and I live in our 3 bedroom house, but we added a family of 6 and their cat until they find their own place 🙂 And, we’re adding a new baby in just a few weeks!
I’ve heard a lot of “you’re crazy!”s and “wow, you’re a saint” and “you must be super-woman!” and I disagree with all such comments! We love family and would bend over backwards for any of them – we are thrilled to have them all here! Is it an adjustment? Of course, but we had some practice when they visited for 2 weeks at Christmas time. Does it make us love them any less or sad about the fact that they’ve moved closer (ha!) to us? Absolutely not! We love to have family close by and are super-excited for the cousins to grow up so close to each other! They are planning to buy a house in the same town, and until they can close on the house and move in, we get the privilege of interacting with them all on a daily basis. 🙂
Anyway, this is why I’ve been quiet online lately – I’ve been busy chatting and hanging out with these fantastic people. Playing with my nieces and nephews and doing yard work (okay, there’s a possibility that part is just nesting). And, it’s extra fun because their youngest is just 4 weeks younger than Ellie – so they’re going through the same things at roughly the same time and sharing a bedroom – it’s super cute 🙂
It will be nice to have our house to ourselves again in a couple months, but we already know it will also be sad to not have all the kiddos running around making noise and just having fun. Good thing they’ll be just ‘down the road!’