Grandma and Great-Grandma having verbal bitching at each other (no hitting anymore, Great-Grandma's too old for that)
four and five year olds screaming and not sharing
Cousin Jade curled up in my lap reading with me
Cousin Jewel and Nephew playing on Grandma's computer
Cousin Krystal wandering around smiling and being cute
Nephew getting cranky and being put down for a nap; Grandma yelling at Sis to stop her kid from yowling.
Sneaking out to watch the sunset and hit the pocket flask of peppermint schnapps with Votania
Crocheting in the corner of the couch and smiling sweetly
Votania telling me afterwards that I got to see the family on their best behavior, since I shamed them into being nice by being so nice and sweet myself. They couldn't let a stranger outshine them in terms of politeness, you see, and I was being exquisite. They failed.