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My sister and her family left a few minutes ago to return to Virginia. They'll be back again in 10 days. The house is definitely quieter with the removal of 1 dog and 2 kids, but not nearly as much fun. We don't have any plans today, so maybe we'll go shopping. We've already been here a week! Man, time flies!!

Last night we gave my mom her birthday presents (her birthday is Wednesday) and Sarah baked a banana cream pie covered with fresh blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. YUM! During the day we took the kids to the mall and had their portrait taken (all 4 together) at Sears. It only took us 8 tries to get a decent shot, which I think was miraculous considering they were all starving.

Tomorrow my cousin Beth and her 4 kids are coming down for the afternoon. Beth is a little older than me and I've always looked up to her. She's an amazing woman. Her husband had an affair and left her several years ago when her youngest was really small, and she's come out on top. Wednesday we're going back to Sears to have a family portrait taken and then to my Grandma's for dinner and the beach.

Gotta go take a shower and get moving :)

Happy Happy Birthday Wishes to alcesalces and twistedbunny, and Belated Birthday Wishes to kimbis!
mood: awake
music: Mom reading a story to Martin, birds chirping


wow, alot of Leos in your family. Next week I embark on more family encounters. I will go up to Portland and take my Dad to his family reunion. My Dad is the oldest of ten. I am the oldest grandchild/niece/cousin. My Dad's youngest brother is just four years older than I am. His son, my youngest cousin is a couple years older than my son.

It will be fun. I like my family. We have had a hard couple of years together with deaths and other troubles, but we have a lot of solidarity. So many of us held vigil together at the hospital when my Mom was dying and again when my uncle passed over, last December.

Last year, a few of us played some fun practical jokes on my cousin who had just gotten married. When we get together, there's no telling what might happen! Too bad my grandparents aren't around to see us all "grown up."

My whole (first) family was fire signs and it SHOWED! My mom, dad and I are Leo, and my sister and brother were Aries. Never a dull moment, as you might suspect. My extended family has always been very close up (and very fun) until the last few feels like people are growing apart now, which makes me sad.

That growing apart happened to us too... simply as a part of families growing, and lives filling. We are coming back together now though. Not as often, nor in all the same ways, but we still have the old times too. They are a part of who we are together as a family.

When I was a little girl, we all went to my Grandma's house EVERY Sunday. It was a real extended family experience. I've missed that for my children, but somehow it has woven into our own closeness.

I have a conch shell sitting next to my front door, just like my Grandmother did. It is a symbol to me, of all that is good in the world, in families. The conch shell holds the door open for experiences, for connections, for love.

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