Monday, January 06, 2020

Great Cousin Weekend


Great Weekend

This weekend was awesome.
My girl T and her kids came up to enjoy our lake. Her daughter Jordan and I swam like fish. It was the best day I have had at the lake so far. Wearing ridiculous goggles and swimming with a soon to be 9 year old makes for a really good time. Who knew?
We jumped off the floating dock, took a break to lie down, look at the sky and talk while we let the water take us for a a smooth, slow ride. I wish there was a picture to honor the day but of course I am the one with the camera so….. It was nice to see T playing with her Goddaughter Goddess in the sand and then to see how much Goddess adores Jordan.
Sunday my sister-in-law came up from California and headed over for a sleepover with 4 of our mutual nieces ages 3, 5, 11, and 16. They met us down at the beach and two of them swam for a little while then we headed back to the house (2 trips – I have a small car), for some pizza, then some s’mores. What is a sleepover without s’mores?
The house was asleep by 10:30. Crazy that 6 kids can bunk down so fast while sleeping under the same roof. 
My kids had an awesome time with their cousins. Playing, chasing, fighting over toys, hugging, piling on each other, etc. The best part of getting together with family is it reminds you of how much you love these people and how easy it is to get together. We don’t do it enough.  My sister-in-law in California comes in and then we all make the effort to see each other. It should happen more often especially since she only comes in 2 times a year and the rest of us only live about and 1.5 hours maximum apart.
Hopefully I will be picking up one of my nieces Samantha the 11 year old (she has spent 3 summers with us) next week to come out for a little while. I adore her and she is such a good girl. She is caring, sensitive, playful, funny, smart and I have always had a special place in my heart for her. I used to tell her that if I had a little girl I hoped they would be just like her.  Goddess mostly spirited but she is also caring, playful, smart and funny. I guess 4 out of 5 isn’t bad. Goddess was definitely drawn to her and held her arms up to her most of the time she was here.
Hopefully I can give my kids a few more weekends like that before the summer ends.
Here are pictures of Handsome and his cousin Sonia. Is that the look of love or what?

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