We live with-in walking distance from Boppa and G'ma and 3 cousins (along with their Mom and Dad) It isn't uncommon for mismatched kids. Like this day- I had 2 of her kids, along with my 4. Some days she'll have 1,2,3, or all 4 of mine, along with her 3. Or if we're lucky. Boppa and G'ma will have ALL of our kids, or at least a few of them (like on Friday nights)! And lately, my other sis-in-law (that lives a just a short drive away over the hills and around the curves) has been over here with her 2 kids. ALOT. But it's all for a good cause.
Our kids have 5 cousins they can play with in the snap of their finger. My parents and sister live on the other side of the state. (And I know if they/we were closer they would do so much more than they already do!) But I have come to appreciate my 2 'sisters' that keep me grounded and for 'parents' that offer advice (not always wanted at times, but that's what parents are known for), support and so much more. And there's 2 'brothers' that have spent more time helping me than I'm sure they wanted to while my husband was on the road. *Right about now, I can see someone rolling their eyes and groaning to themselves*
But for the time being, I'll enjoy being nestled in amongst family.. and enjoy watching times like this with my 'kids'. Because not everyone is this lucky!