On Thursday my parents, sister, and all four of my grandparents all flew in.
Cue the happy emojis!
It was a little (lot) bit of a circus with 9 adults and one toddler running around the Houston area all weekend, but we laughed a lot, ate a lot, and only got on each others' nerves a little.
On a day to day basis I don't really think about how far away we live (because it's not like we live in Asia or anything), but when everyone gets ready to leave, the 2,000 miles between us feels like a lot. It's a little dose of reality when the car doors close and I drive away from the airport solo. It's a sad little drive but by the next day I'm usually fine.
My entire family (both sides) lives in a 10 mile radius and spent loads of time together when I was a kid, so raising my family across the country feels a little weird sometimes. I used to consider my grandparents' homes a second residence and Liv only sees my parents a few times a year - also a weird feeling. BUT!
But thanks to technology, we're able to make it work and it's awesome. I wonder sometimes if FaceTime even registers with Olivia (we call my mom almost daily) but when she saw my mom coming up the front walk she stopped dead in her tracks and screamed "MY GIGI!!". I died.
I guess it works.
So what's the point to the ramble?
I was glad to have them here, sad to see them go, but ok with how things are working out.
Did I need several paragraphs to say that? Probably not, but you know we tend towards the verbose around here.
So while tomorrow will bring a sad little dose of the reality of living away from them, I'll be relishing the memories of my dad swimming in the pool with Liv and teaching her to jump off the side, the big (and noisy) family breakfasts, the shopping and laughing with my mom, sister, and grandmothers, and overall just how special it was to all be together, and in Texas no less!
And since I did a spectacularly poor job of taking photos, here's my favorite one from the weekend. My mom, sister, and Liv tend to stick together like a blonde little cluster when they're together and I caught them reading books and teaching Liv to fist bump on Friday night.