Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wanting to Know you Wens.

there's 6 children in my family so with my parents, that makes 8 of us.

 This past summer was the first time all six of us kids were under my parent's roof in 11 years. 11 years! it sounds crazy but when you have an oldest brother and his family living in Germany, an older sister and her family living in Italy, and a brother who has deployed to Iraq three times (each, a year deployment) in the past years... it seemed someone was missing from any big event (certainly never by choice.)

to show you our age difference, when my oldest brother was going off to the army, me and my twin sister were about to start kindergarten.

and yet with all the distance and age between us, we're all so very close.  and being a twin is my favorite. she really is half my heart and i've been lucky to have my best friend with me since birth.

all of us Lechuga's! we're in order of birth. we barely fit in a photo! ha but i love being part of a big family!







what about you? are you an only child? is your family spread apart like mine in age or distance? are you close to your siblings? 


ps. today is my oldest brother Miguel's birthday! another random tidbit: all our names start with "M."

37 comments:

Amanda said...

Oh good question! I'm a child of four who has one older brother, older sister, and younger brother. I have a pretty big extended family (mom with 6 sisters!) though. We love hanging out with each other and all live in the Midwest (furtherest sibling away from me is three hours away). It's so fun to be with older and younger siblings--they taught me and I teach my younger sister (and baby nephew) :)

Karleen said...

I'm the youngest of three...My sister is 6 years old, my brother 4years older. While we don't see each other often since we are all an 8 hour drive apart, we ar fairly close. Thank goodness for Skype!

Maddy said...

I'm an only child. Sometimes I really wish I had siblings, but then again, I'm really, really close to my parents. Plus, being on my own so often has made me really comfortable doing things for myself/on my own, which is a lot more than I can say for some of my other college friends.. Being a one and only has its ups and downs, but I think I like it :)

Lauryn said...

You have such a beautiful family Micaela! It hurts my heart that you all have been separated so much over the years. How nic that reunion must have been :)

I'll admit I'm a bit jealous of your family though. I always wanted a big family with lotsof siblings. Maybe I'll fulfill that dream by having five kids, haha.

Rhianne said...

I have 1 lickle sister - shes the biggest pain in my butt (especially as she's getting married very soon) but I adore her and I've always tried to look out for her, even though she doesn't really need me to anymore.

I'm the only member of our family who doesn't live in Norfolk which is hard as my parents and sister see each other at least once a week and I always wish I was there.

I talk to my Mum and Dad pretty much every day though and always have since I left home, so we're really close.

Phoenix Peacock said...

I have three older siblings. The oldest is 12 years older than I am. Her daughter is 12 years younger than I am.

My brother went to the air force academy the summer before I went to second grade. He is 11 years older.

Then I have another sister 9 years older.

We are spread out, but all in the US. Virginia, Pennyslvania, Texas, and Colorado.

Shauna said...

I am the oldest of three and then I have an older step sister and an older half sister. All of us except my half sister live here in KS and within driving distance...BUT we arent very close to one another. I wish it were different, but we all lead such different lives. Maybe one day...

Erin said...

I'm an only child, and I love it. Apparently, I went through a stage of wanting a little brother when I was younger, but it didn't last long. I am always curious about sibling relationships because I don't have any personal understanding of them (and because I can't turn off the psychologist in me), but I also love how close my little family of 3 is. I wouldn't trade my relationships with my parents for anything. :-) Also, I have a cousin who I'm as close to as a brother, and a best friend who is practically my sister...minus any sibling rivalry. lol.

Erin said...

ps- I second a lot of what Maddy said about the independence of being an only child. I'm perfectly content on my own, and even crave alone time when I'm around too many people for too long.

Vanilla Mama said...

What an awesome picture and beautifl family! I have a younger brother, we didn't always get along while we were growing up, but we are much closer now! We can talk about just about anything and support each other!

Kimbirdy said...

wow what a big family!! each of my parents came from a huge family of 10, so my extended family is ridiculously large. my immediate family is way too complicated to really explain in a blog comment, but the one sibling i grew up with is my sister, who's 10 years older, so i totally understand that spread apart thing. we shared a room when i was 6 and she was 16 back in the 80's. i thought she was the coolest, so i would ask her to perm my hair and put make up on me. i even used one of my grey gloves to pretend i was michael jackson and she would spend hours teaching me to moonwalk. that's so crazy to remember!

Claudia said...

Well Happy Birthday to your brother Miguel!!

My mom and dad had four kids. My brother was 15, I was 13, my younger brother was 10 when my baby sister was born. I was really a mother to her. She is your age she will be 27 in July! our kids are about the same age...how is that??

Sarah Allen said...

Oldest of eight. Its insane!!! But I love it :)

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Sarah said...

Oh my, that is a lot of children! Your family looks so happy to be together in that photo. It really made me smile.

My family story is very complicated, but let me just say that there are four kids in my family (I'm the oldest) and we live from coast (Sydney, Nova Scotia) to coast (Vancouver, BC). I rarely see my dad and his side of the family, but I suppose that's mostly because of distance and money. My mom tends to come and visit me here a few times a year because she isn't very far. I love all of my siblings and wish we were closer.

Medical Librarian said...

Love the family photo!

I'm the youngest of three--the surprise baby, with my sisters ten and eight years older. If we're lucky, we get together two or three times a year because of distance (Iowa, New Mexico, and Nebraska).

My husband is the eighth of nine children, living in Missouri, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska. They hoped to all be together for the first time in over 30 years in May for their mother's 75th birthday, but that isn't going to happen now. Disappointing.

Claire Kiefer said...

I really love seeing pictures of the Lechugas, and yes--you guys are terribly lucky to have so much love for each other. That kind of pure love is really rare.

As you know, I have one little sister. Growing up, we drove each other crazy, but now I'm really grateful to have her. In some ways, we're so much alike--more alike than anyone not related could be, if that makes sense. But on the surface, we're really different! It's funny. However, there are things I could say/express that ONLY Kate would really get.

While technically I have only one sister, I grew up with my cousin Jennifer like a sister, too. She's 8 months older than me, and lived just two miles away. Her mama was a single mom, and when she was stationed at a base during the first Gulf War, Jennifer lived with us. I think of her like a sister, too, since we grew up together (and we're really close now).

xoxo

bklyn76 said...

awww, such a fabulous post and photo! you guys make one good looking familia!

my hubby has 3 sisters and it's not often that they are all under the same roof, so i know how much you must yearn for this.

i only have one little brother and probably take it for granted that i can see him whenever i want since we live in the same city.

Erin said...

Ohh I love big families! Both my parents come from large families so I'm used to the numbers. :) However, I am the oldest of three -- actually two, but my parents adopted my younger brother when my sis and I were teens. My sis and I are incredibly close. Besides my husband, she is my BEST friend. As for my brother, we don't see him much now that he's grown, but he comes around for the holidays.

Annie Cristina said...

You have such a lovely family! I like that all your names start with the letter M. :) As for myself, I'm the oldest sibling and I have a little brother 5 years younger than me. (And yes, I still see him as my "little" brother, even though he's now in his 20s.)

Punctuation Mark said...

that's so funny... even though we're not that many last holiday season was the first time the three of us were home for the holidays in like 15 yrs...

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

I am an only child and often wished for siblings. Sometimes I think that is why I wanted a big family and had three children. My children often wish they didn't have siblings lol.

kitten roar said...

wow, i had no idea your family was so big! both of my siblings are younger than i am and still live with my parents up in michigan so we are about eight hours apart. we get along really well, but we can definitely get in arguments that leave us ignoring each other for days. we also look nothing alike, and people are often surprised to find out that we are all biologically related with the same parents (awful, i know.)

jackiek said...

i have one sister and she's only 3 years younger then me. I like it like this because we get personalized attention and can take family vacations just the 4 of us! I like the close age between my sister and I as well. However, that doesn't mean I don't want a big family one day! While my sister and I's age difference might not be dramatic, my cousin's is! My oldest cousin is now 22 and his only sister is 7! Talk about an age gap.

Emily {Rue de France} said...

What a good-looking family you are!

I'm the oldest of four. My brother & sister are twins (hooray!) They're nearly 5 years younger than me. Then there's my little sister, who was born when I was almost 10 years old. (Needless to say, I often have no idea what she's talking about on facebook!)

The four of us are quite close, even though geographically, we're all about the different time zones. My two sisters are in the Vancouver area. I live in France, of course. As for my brother, well... he just moved to Australia. (Needless to say, my mom is not too impressed...)

This is my first time commenting on "Wanting to Know You Wednesday". Thanks for asking such a good question!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I had no idea you had 6 siblings. Aww it must have been awesome to see them all at once.

I just have one brother who is also in Asia but the parents are back in NYC. It's hard to get together at once :(

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Elaine said...

how awesome to have so many siblings! i only have one younger brother and wish i could've had someone a little older than me.

i love how you all LOOK ALIKE!!!! you can never mistake yourselves to not be family.

i miss you darling! i'm getting close to giving my #1 his own sibling --- let's see if i have it in me to work on a 3...4...5....6. (i'm actually dreading to think about that now!!! lol.).

this is me. said...

beautiful family! i'm the youngest of three. my older sister and brother are only a year apart, while i on the other hand, came 8 years later. it makes me feel like an only child. but, i wouldn't have it any other way.

carmar76 said...

LOVE the picture of all of you together. *HUGS*

i'm the oldest of two, then four, six, eight... i think in the end, ten. my little brother is 3 1/2 years younger, but a foot and a half taller. LOL then my parents were fosters for 3 of my cousins, but only two stayed for a few years to grow up as my sibs. (that would be bret & misha, who now live w/ me!) after they left, mom & dad kept their certification & fostered a few more sets of sibs, who PTL ALL went on to be adopted to amazing, loving homes. : ) i'm not really in touch w/ any of them now, but that's okay. mom gets updates every now & then, and they are all doing well.

Cole said...

You guys are all so cute!

I'm the oldest of 2. My little sister, Banan, is 4 years younger than me but 6 inches taller than me. We fought a lot as kids but our family is super close and now we're great friends. She's in college so I only get to see her on breaks but she was home this past weekend and we had tons of fun!

April said...

I have a little sister. We haven't been very close, but we're getting closer lately. I really miss her now and that started while I was abroad. She's getting older, someone I can really consider a friend, and I want to be closer to her. That's why I'm applying for an internship in Alabama to be closer to her!

Elisse said...

Fun post, Micaela!

I'm an only child, who ended up marrying another only child! Hopefully we'll break tradition and have a bundle of kids - LOL!

Claire said...

Aw love this :)
I have a sister two years older, we've always been close. I think because we lived in Army quarters it meant we hung around with the kids on the block, which meant we would always have the same group of friends out of school. We are very different, she is so laid back and i get quite stroppy haha but we are best friends xx

Faiza said...

this picture is terrific! your family is so fun. i love seseing the facebook conversations you have with each other. so cute!

i am the baby of my family and the only girl child.

my oldest brother karim lives in town and works close to me as well so i get to see him lots. his wife is a blessing to our family. minaz is such a great sister-in-law.

aneez is the middle child (he likes to tell us he has middle child syndrome...) he lives in england and some days it feels so far but with email and skype and bbm, i feel very connected to him. his wife is so fun. vanessa is so smart and witty and she cries when she laughs which i love!

Marisa said...

How beautiful your family is. YOu all have such infectious smiles.

My parents divorced when I was 4... so its just me there. But I have 3 half sisters, 2 half brothers, 2 step sisters and a step brother. Confusing much?

I grew up with my 3 half sisters and I never think of them as half, same with my brothers. I couldn't love them more if we shared both parents.

Erin {pughs' news} said...

I'm from a family of five, which must have seemed pretty small to my dad, who is one of SIXTEEN KIDS (can you imagine a family of 18?!)! I'm the eldest. Then there's my sister who was born when I was 2 1/2. We're very close, and I'm happy to say we only live about 45 minutes away from one another. My brother is 6 years younger than me. He was always closer to my sister, because we were so far apart in age.

We all live in the same town and see each other at all sort of family events. You can imagine my mom's relief when Alan and I decided he'd move here to Canada, rather than I move to England!

Your family photo is fabulous. What a good looking bunch the Lechugas are!

Renée said...

so fun you are a twin! I am an only child and I don't miss a brother of a sister. I just made a lot of friends that feel like family to me :)

giddynici said...

What a wonderful family. It must be so difficult being geographically so distant. I have one elder sister. I love her to pieces. I used to live around the corner from her but now live about 150 miles away. See her usually once a month though. Don't see my parents as often as they are a fair bit further away. X

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