Extended family was not particularly important to me when I was younger, but that has changed now that I have my own kids. My two boys keep me amused, and I delight in sending them stuff I think will interest them (whether they actually read it is another matter). Extended family all live far away, but we keep in touch more these days with Facebook and email.
And, of course, Da Bear. Smokey is my love, my companion, my best friend, and The One Who Keeps Me Laughing.
Lucy The (Formerly Intrepid But Now) Senior Dog, Misha The Shy, Hannibal The Fluffball Of Doom, and En Esch The Stoopid — they are part of my family, too, although none of the others requires us to clean up after them 😉