I’m on non-official holidays. Meaning, I was laid off and now I’m out of work, but…if I *were* working, now would be when I would have wanted holidays.
Friday my sister arrived from Ontario with her two little girls. Lovely Lu, who is two years old and the baby, four months, whom I had not yet met in person. It was so great to see my sister and brother in law and it’s always wonderful to see my young nieces (and nephews). Lu was in a, well kind of tired, but very giggly mood when they arrived and the baby is full of smiles and is delightful. Then on Saturday late in the day, another brother in law arrived with my two nieces, aged 7 and 6 and my 4 year old nephew. So, we had my five in the house as well as five of the cousins. They all stayed until late yesterday.
The house was loud, full of giggles, full of splashes in the pool, more giggles, cups of juice, kids going nuts over the dogs, adults sitting by the camp-fire with beers, more laughing, babies falling asleep on me (swoon) and just awesomeness.
I know it seems like a short visit, but actually it was perfect. I seriously don’t have the energy to keep up with all the small kids all the time, but hearing my name prefaced with Auntie a whole bunch of times in a weekend makes me happy like little else.
This week I get back into the re-job search again hard and this weekend my sister and brother in law with the two little girls come back on their way back to Ontario, my in-law’s arrive for a short visit and then next week our longest standing friend besides Sarah, Randy, comes down to spend a week with us. The weather has been lovely, the laughter has been balm for a much-aching soul over the last month. All of the ups and downs of dealing with the Ontario house have been laid to rest on the back burner while we enjoy some much needed time with family and friends. I hate being out of work, but I’m loving having this stay-cation.
How’s your summer been going?