December 31, 2010
As I sit here typing this I am in the midst of my brother's toy strewn living room. The days are filled with cousins playing lego, pillow fights and piggyback riding around the house. We venture outdoors together to go walking, skating, sledding or swimming (we do that indoors though). Or just to get outdoors. Period.
Meals are cooked, cleaned up and cooked again. And the kids run around and play. It's a circus really. And I'm trying to appreciate it for what it is. Time together with my whole family - my brother, his wife and three kids, my parents and our family of five - twelve of us all together in a three bedroom, one bathroom house.
It's always this way when we get together since none of us live close enough to go home for the night. We come together and live closely for a short, intense period of time. Doing our best to enjoy our days together, stay healthy and sane.
Compared to our family gatherings this circus that Celine made for Brienne's Christmas gift is downright tame, lion included.
Celine made the lion for herself months ago and Brienne has been eyeing it ever since. She decided she had outgrown it (the fun for her is in the creating, not so much the owning) and wanted to gift it to Brienne so Celine crafted more pieces to go with it.
Our children have never been to a circus but Celine created a few pieces that she has seen in her reading and research. The center ring, a few props, the lion's cage and a trailer to pull all the bits and pieces. The ring master is Laurent's miniature, a toy he made a couple months ago.
We left the circus at home and the kids will play with it when we return. For now, they are enjoying the circus of family Christmas.
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