Today we celebrated my cousin Bella’s 8th birthday. Actually, I guess she is my second cousin since she is the daughter of my cousin Jason. Having just boys in my house, I love being a part of theses “girlie” parties. I was always such a girlie girl growing up. Bella had a dance party and I was there as a guest but also to take photos for them.
The music was fun and perfect for a group of screaming, giggly little girls! They even had a fashion show to end the day complete with boas and pompoms! After the party, I went home to get some school work done and went to a house warming shower for a good friend. It was really nice to see her smiling after a rough couple of months. I am so happy to see her happy and in her own home after being homeless for several months. She and her daughters were fortunate to be living with some friends for those months, but I know that she is relieved to have a place to call their own.
My own kids and Dave had soccer and baseball games throughout the day so I was on my own for most of it and tonight, I went to dinner at my aunt and uncle’s new home to continue celebrating Bella’s birthday. They just moved in and I hadn’t had the chance to see it yet. It is a beautiful new condo and I wish them as much happiness there as they had in their last home.
I brought my grandma up too. My uncle is recovering from surgery and she was anxious to see him. I think it was good for both of them, her, to realize that he is doing okay, and him to see how much love he has in his family who were all gathered with him. There was so much laughter at the dinner table. Just eight of us, but it reminded me so much of dinners growing up. With six of us in my family and always a friend or two at dinner, the conversation was never at a lull and everyone had to speak louder and louder to be heard over each other.
That’s what it was like tonight. It would be so wonderful if none of us had work constraints that kept us from doing this more often. But, as always, life seems to get in the way and we often find ourselves too busy to do things like this. Bella begged me to find a night that Drew and DJ would be home so that we could get together for dinner. I promised her that we would. They are crazy about their cousins and it makes me so happy because growing up, that’s how we felt about our own cousins. We are so fortunate to have grown up living near each other and our children now have that same opportunity. Even the huge age span doesn’t seem to stop them from having a great time when we all get together. The biggest challenge is just finding the time!