During my crazy week of busyness one of my sisters had organised for a group photograph of Dad’s children and grandchildren to be taken so Dad can be given it for his birthday. As it wasn’t my job to organise getting all 21 of us in the same place at the same time, as well as being a cheap option for a present, I readily agreed.
The reality on the day, the 5 of us, our partners, 10 grandkids, my Dad and Step-Mum and 5 dogs was chaotic. My Step-Mum was taking photos, 2 dogs had run off and the kids were playing an energetic game. I took a moment to give my partner a hug, was talking to just him (harder than you think with so many people vying for your attention), and didn’t realise anyone was watching us until my sister called my name and snapped our photo.
The rest of the day was just as crazy, with most of us back at my sister’s house. A portion of the room was taken over by my partner, hairdressing, another 4 family members had turned up, including 2 (very cute) babies, I was giving some WordPress training to one of them (adult family member, not the babies) and it was only when we arrived home, after the kids bedtime, dealt with a phone call to a friend in crisis and finally sat down just me and my partner, that I realised how I dealt with all the chaos calmly and enjoyed it. I swear it was because we had that quiet couple of moments, just us, that set me up for the rest of the day.
I enjoy chaos and being with all my crazy family. Taking a moment to recalibrate and check in with my partner who is only just getting used to being surrounded by so many people at once, made it even better. I’m going to try to remember to do this more often and you never know, there may be a few more photos like this in the future.