How Many People Does It Take

October 19, 2008 7:00 am

Last weekend we hosted my brother’s birthday party at our house. Growing up, attending family events usually only included the five of up plus any boyfriends/girlfriends at the time. We had our traditional birthday cake (chocolate with whipped cream layers and strawberries on top) served on the “You are special today” plate that my Grandma got us when we were all still kids. Sparing any drama, a good time was usually had by all. Times have changed. Our quaint family gatherings have turned into Babyfest 2008 and include tons of whining and crying, and not just by the kids.

My parents went from zero to four grandkids in a year and a half. Graham is the oldest, claiming the position of coveted first grandchild and Elliot is the baby of the bunch. We bookend the market for now, let’s hope it stays that way! Both of my brothers now have kids, my niece Jessie is five weeks older than Elliot and my nephew Ryder is exactly a year younger than Graham. I also have a seven year old step-nephew who is a ball of energy but usually keeps Graham entertained.

Since adding all of the new kids to the family, get togethers have been moved to our house since we have two cribs and two pack and plays. The kid’s rooms turn into revolving cribs, when one gets up, another goes down. We have three baby monitors going at any given time. It’s stressful and chaotic and I can’t imagine the day when all four of the cousins are walking. This particular event involved crawling babies everywhere, dogs playing tag in the middle of it all, a ton of crappy diapers and bottles being tipped back all around.

We never expected our kids to have cousins their age. Both of my brothers AND Jamie’s brother were all lifelong bachelors who never planned on settling down. Now all three have kids (our niece Natalie lives in PA). It’s so great that our kids are all going to grow up together and I know we’re lucky. When we get together, everyone brings their camera and it’s like the paparazzi have taken over. We snap a thousand pictures because we know it’s memorable to have all of the kids in the same room. Last weekend was no different, we decided to take a picture of all five kids together. Guess how many people and pictures it took to get them all to look toward the camera?

If you guessed none, you were spot on. There is no amount of people that could get those kids to all look in the same direction, it’s not possible. It’s a good thing Photoshop exists, I just may get that picture afterall.



  1. DeeMarie

    That’s awesome. I’m very close to most of my cousins (and some of my second cousins) so I can really appreciate this! It only gets better!!!
    Just out of curiosity, what kind of bottles were being tipped back? πŸ˜‰

    DeeMaries last blog post..Half as Small As You- Round 1

  2. Sprite's Keeper

    Still sounds like a good time to me! I come from a large extended family and this was normal for us too. You always look back on these days and smile since it’s proof of why your kids love their cousins so much!

  3. Kat@MotherFonker

    Oh Yay! May seem crazy now, but enjoy it!

    I miss those kinds of get-togethers. All kids are grown now (only 6 between me and my 2 sibs in all) and 3 moved to Canada.

  4. blissfully caffeinated

    Jiminy Cricket! It’s like a crazy tangle of bald baby heads and chubby baby limbs. Those kids are going to have the best time growing up together. And in a couple of years your holidays will be a chatoic mess of children running around willy nilly. I know, because that’s how it is at my parent’s house when we all visit. Fun, but crazy.

    blissfully caffeinateds last blog post..It’s A Buffet Of Sarah Palin Related Video Clips. A Smorgasbord. A Cornucopia, If You Will.

  5. HeatherPride

    Look at all those babies!!! What an adorable little bundle they are!

    My favorite part is the plate, “you are special TODAY” – does that mean tomorrow is a different story? πŸ™‚

    HeatherPrides last blog post..Footsteps

  6. blissfully caffeinated

    I meant chaotic. I don’t know what chatoic means. It sounds like a disease of some sort.

    blissfully caffeinateds last blog post..It’s A Buffet Of Sarah Palin Related Video Clips. A Smorgasbord. A Cornucopia, If You Will.

  7. Miss Jack

    Even with just just two kids, we have to take at least 5 to get both of them to look at the camera at the same time. And you know which picture we almost always decide looks the best? Yep, the first one….sigh!

    Miss Jacks last blog post..Photo Tag

  8. goodfather

    Ha ha! What a gaggle! We can’t even get TWO of our kids to look the same way for picture, LOL.

    It looks like you had fun, though ;).

    goodfathers last blog post..Spin Cycle: Nothing To Fear

  9. Zip n Tizzy

    Look towards the camera?
    You have such high expectations!

  10. steenky bee

    I am tee-heeing at all those babies. OMG! It’s too much. Also, please, please, please tell me that “You’re special today” plate is red with white writing? I so had one of those growing up. I was only special one day. πŸ™ My mom recently gave that plate to me to have. I told her that I was assuming she thought I was special every day now. She just snorted and rolled her eyes. I guess that’s her way of saying yes.

    Hey, my fattie post goes up tomorrow. πŸ™‚

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  11. Captain Dumbass

    I saw all those babies and started shaking in fear.

    Captain Dumbasss last blog post..I Came, I Saw, I May Have Stayed Too Long

  12. Ferd

    WHAT A RIOT!!!
    Enjoy it while it lasts.
    I’m at the point where it is very hard to get just my four children together at one time. Everyone is busy, and everyone in different directions. But I suppose that is a good thing. They are busy and productive people.

    Ferds last blog post..Trying to Not Rant

  13. carrie

    It is awesome to grow up with family around. cute

  14. mrsbear

    That’s really awesome. Family parties will never be the same, it gets better as they get older and can get more play time out of it.

    Growing up it was just me and my sister, my dad’s side of the family has always been detached from us and my mom was an only child. Now with my sisters two kids, my four, and my twelve year old half sister, it’s a party every where we go. Glenn’s sister also has three, so before she moved to TN birthday parties were kept strictly family because there were so many of us to begin with. The ages go like this with my daughter the oldest and my son the youngest. 13, 12, 10, 10, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 1 1/2. It swings from fantastic to drama in a heartbeat.

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  15. Krystal

    OOOHHH!!! Cute little babies everywhere!!! Reminds me of home!! Ahh, the joy of try ing to get them all to look at the camera at the same time. Good luck!!! I still haven’t mastered it!!

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  16. jenni

    Oh god they are so cute. I can’t wait to have a little one again.

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