For my five things this Friday I thought I'd share five (hopefully) interesting things about my family. They're short and sweet so hopefully they'll be as much fun to read as they were to write about.
1. SHORT COURTSHIPS SEEM TO RUN IN OUR FAMILY:
|our wedding our son and his wife our daughter and her husband|
- My husband and I started dating in April 1982, we were engaged by August, and married in February 1983.
- Our son and his wife started dating in July 2010, were engaged in January 2011, and married in September 2011.
- Our daughter and her husband started dating in February 2012, were engaged in April, and married in December 2012.
2. MY HUSBAND AND I ARE POLAR OPPOSITES
The saying "opposites attract" was written for my husband and me.
- He's an introvert, I'm an extrovert.
- He's adventurous and active, I play safe and think walking is exercise.
- He never makes plans, I have life mapped out in my head.
- He likes to try new and 'interesting' food, I love takeaway and roasts.
- He thinks cat videos and pigs rolling down a hill are funny, I don't get it.
3. WE STARTED OUT AS DOG PEOPLE AND CONVERTED TO CAT LOVERS
|Ozzie (our last dog) Flitter Callie|
My husband owned a dog when we met, we had a dog in our lives all the way through until a couple of years ago, when our last dog passed away from old age.
When our kids were younger we took our dog to the vet for a check up and came home with an adopted kitten. We've been cat owners ever since - and now we've even managed to have two cats keeping us company (they're polar opposites too!)
4. OUR EXTENDED FAMILY LIVES WITHIN 15 MINUTES' DRIVE
My in-laws live in a country town in SW Western Australia. When we were young parents, we moved down here to live, then my husband's brother and wife moved down here when they returned from the mission field. Finally his sister and her husband also moved down here to live.
Due to a random set of circumstances, both my brothers ended up moving down to the same town when their marriages imploded. Then my parents bought a little place down here so they could visit regularly.
So my kids may not live nearby, but the rest of the extended family seem to have settled here for the foreseeable future.
5. WE LOVE OUR EMPTY NEST
Although I regularly write about how much I miss our adult kids, we actually really love being empty nesters. It's rather liberating not being on hand for every minor crisis our kids encounter.
We like being close enough to visit or to help out if there is a call for help, but we also love not being involved in all the family dramas that our friends seem to deal with when they are too involved in their adult children's lives. Absence certainly makes the heart grow fonder in our case.