Saturday, June 16, 2012

Santa Fe

I passed the past week with my siblings, niblings, parents, and pup-on-loan enjoying all the West has to offer: sweeping vistas, surprising geography, hiking, biking, climbing, and Mexican food. We played board games, card games, video games, and word games with equal gusto. We watched hilarious movies, played some sketchy ping pong, and ate excessive amounts of salsa, We experimented with glow in the dark bubbles, played a practical joke on the dog, and drank silly amounts of wine - all while only breaking one piece of art!We spent time catching up on all that life has brought to our lives these last couple of years: new homes, new loves, new hopes, and new happiness.

This morning we parted ways once again hoping to have another week like this next year. Who knows what news we might have to share with each other and what new silliness we will get up to when that time comes. On the road today, as we listened to Fiddler on the Roof, I was caught up with emotion during Sunrise Sunset and it's no wonder why. Seeing everyone's lives change so much with each passing month, season, and year makes everything seem so quick. There is nothing more effective than seeing your niblings all grown up and successful to make you feel like life is going just too damn fast, offering too little time to share the experience with everyone along the way.

It's times like these when I appreciate the connected world. With the eleven of us scattered across six cities spanning from coast to coast, even if I wanted to live in the US there is no where I could be that would allow me to see everyone as much as I want to. So for all its faults and foibles, I must thank facebook for allowing us to share the big and the small things when we can't be together for them. I feel lucky to be a part of a family so full of interesting, fun, witty, silly, crazy characters. Can't wait to see them all again soon!!