Food isn't the centre of our family gatherings -- I'd say it's the kids. I have 2 nieces and 2 nephews and I just love it when our family gets together which is happening a lot more often now that my brother has moved a lot closer to Melbourne. We've had 2 gatherings in the past month and got another one planned next week.
I get along well with my whole family. My sister is my best friend and we hang out socially all the time, chat on the phone everyday, email and SMS each all day long. I'd be lost without her. The hardest thing about living overseas was leaving my big sis behind! We never (or rarely) fight and even though we are two very different people, we are very much involved in each other's lives and get along really well. There's a 7 year age gap, but we've always been close. I was her baby
I hang out sometimes with my oldest brother. He's a cool guy. I'll go and stay at his place and we'll have a few drinks together and chat. We chat on the phone regularly and email too. He gets along well with my husband -- actually, he gets along well with everyone.
I don't spend much time with my other brother because whenever I see him, my attention is distracted by his three great kids
But we used to be best mates growing up and did everything together as kids as we're the closest in age. He's got a wicked sense of humour and cracks me up. And when he's got a beer in his hand, you can't shut him up!
When we all get together, my sister and i usually hang out with the kids most of the time. I take my dog with me and the kids adore him. He chases them around (speedy greyhound) and they squeal in delighted terror and hang on the washing line to get out of his way -- you always think he's going to run into you but he dodges at the last second. When he's tired out, they just lie down with him and cuddle him.
Mum does all the cooking (we clean up) -- usually it's BBQ (dad cooks) and salads, or sometimes she makes a couple of casseroles and rice. But there is always deserts -- chocolate mousse, trifle, cakes, apple pie etc etc etc. She loves spoiling us with sweet treats. I know that I reward myself with sweet things, much like mum did to us growing up.
My dad drinks a fair bit and loves a family gathering as an excuse to get into a slab. My brothers are both big drinkers, though my oldest has recently cut right down, much like me. My mum gets a hangover just from looking at the wine label and my sister hardly drinks anymore after a few bad experiences/hangovers in recent years after some big nights out
We usually end up watching a DVD together in the evening, bodies sprawled all over the lounge. At Christmas we watched Kenny all together, which we all loved. It's usually a comedy and/or kids movie. Good times
Just keep moving! And don't be lazy...
SW: 74.3kg - 1/1/09
CW: 71.1kg - 3/5/09