Two parents, 5 kids and 4 grand kids. Need I say more?
(Except that those are NOT my fingers over Not-so-Lil' Bros head. Those fingers belong to his son!)
This was the first night.
The second night was spent with our neighbors and, due to a migraine on Little Squid's part, adapted somewhat. On Passover, one is supposed to "sit around the table relaxing" (to quote my dad's haggadah). This rarely happens, simply because we cram all of the family and friends around the table as is humanly possible. The cramming is due to the desire to share and be with family and friends but physically, is not as comfortable as the phrase would lead you to believe.
With Little Squid partly out of action, we really did sit around the table relaxing. We moved the basic seder accouterments to the coffee table and lounged on the couch and in chairs, unencumbered by the confines of the dinner table. The little ones (ages 3 and 5) had freedom of movement (and stuffed plaques to play with) and the adults and our two read the haggadah and talked and laughed. It was nice even with a semi-miserable kid. He was less miserable since he was able to participate to the best of his abilities. When dinner was served, most of us moved to the table.
Over all, a lovely two evenings.
Today we tortured the kids with their annual physicals and accompanying vaccinations. Tomorrow, hopefully, a bike ride.