Friday, August 17, 2012
The thing I loved most about Andrew when we met was his obvious love of family. He had strong family relationships and continues to have good friendships with all three of his brothers, our kids uncles.
For those of you who do not know my parents actually separated when I was 18. I lived with my Dad while studying and my sisters lived with my Mum. The family was really disjointed for a while there. I went to work in America at Lake Tahoe ( teaching kids to ski) and my Dad sold the house and traveled himself.
On my return I was reunited with the females in the family and moved in with my Mum and two sisters and we started to rebuild that once lost relationship. My middle sister and I bought a flat and moved out of home and not long after we both met our husbands ( this is coming up to eleven years next month) .
Then at 28 I had Cooper and everything changed. All the family were there at his birth. Everyone was affected in different ways, but it was that moment that really bought us all closer together. We all realised what was important and we all realised we needed eachother in our lives.
Not long after my parents moved back in together, after being apart for ten years.
Andrew and I sold and bought a new house in the next street from my parents.
His parents ( and youngest brother) live 30 mins away close to both of my sisters, their husbands and precious baby Nell. ( my first niece and the kids first cousin)
One brother lives closer to the city but still only 1hour from us.
Then there is the newly married couple who live in Perth who we hope to see one day in closer proximity to us with of course more cousins.
So it almost seemed like that one moment in time, opened up everyones eyes and hearts and we learned that family is amazing, yes they are also annoying but mostly they are always there when I need them and I adore watching my kids get so much out of their relationships with their Aunties,Uncles and Grandparents.
Pepper gets to do art with one Aunty, act like a baby with the other and enjoy girly shopping with Aunty Jess. Her Nanna loves taking her out and her Nanny takes her to library time and cafes every Tuesday. Her Unlces help her draw and write and mainly teach her things that they know will annoy me.
Cooper gets talk and talk and talk with Poppy all about the war and history. Nanny loes taking his on the train into the city where he chooses sushi for lunch. He has seen some great shows with Nanna and Grandpa. His uncles once again teach him stuff to annoy me and his Aunties love chatting with him and seeing how his mind works.
Each night before bed the kids love when we tell them stories about when we were little. They love hearing all about their Daddy and Uncles draining spas, vomitting on road trips and wearing pyjamas on a Saturday when out with Grandpa. They make me tell the story of my dog eating our pet duck Goldie and leaving her bill on the lawn and the day when my sisters threw my cat on my head proclaiming it was a possum.
We lie in bed and laugh and giggle while remembering our childhoods while having the honour of helping create our own childrens lasting family memories.