Having family up over the Easter holiday made me realise how much I missed having them closer. I think I must say this every time we spend time with them, but since Eva I have become acutely aware of how important my family is to me.
I think that as an adult, even if you don’t like it, you get used to not having your parents and siblings so close. And initially, even revel in the independence and freedom, but since starting a family of my own, I realise now that Eva is missing out on so much. Just spending a week with her older cousin Riley I could see a change in Eva.
Riley was great with her — so playful and patient (well, as patient as any 5-year-old) and she idealised him. They constantly played chasey — running from one end of the hall to the other as they laughed and squealed. In fact, I had never heard Eva squeal so loudly or in such a high pitch. He helped and guided her as they did puzzles together, taught and gave her the confidence to blow bubbles in the water (a technique used when learning to swim) and how to do silly things, to our dismay, like jumping off the sofa or climbing the gate. And of course, Eva being a little sponge took it all in.
For that week our house was full. Filled with noise and constant activity and Eva loved it.
However, despite our physical distance, I still feel very close to our families. I’m thankful that we are able to speak on iChat weekly. Although, it might sound odd or strange that Eva doesn’t get to see her extended family as often as most, chatting to them through the computer is her norm. She loves to jabber away about a new toy that she has or what we did that day. She plays peekaboo with them and will often cheekily hang-up on them by closing the laptop.
And as much as I love to travel, I wish that we didn’t have to get on an aeroplane just to see them. In fact, in a couple of weeks we’ll be flying to Austin to attend my brother-in-laws wedding (Eva is going to be a flower girl! Eek!) and I know, once again, Eva will be excited to spend time with family and will be beaming with joy to have the love and attention from her grandparents in person.