Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Yes, the exclamation point is necessary!  In our house we say COUSINS! when we talk about getting a visit from Becca, Ian and Brandon. 

We had such a nice time, although it is always too short, and this time we packed in the fun. Becca and I have discovered that the key to the mommy happiness is to keep them really busy in the mornings, then come home to a movie, and then start again.  Too much free time is not good for anyone.  And being outside is a huge plus.  Boys, like puppies, need room to run.

We all went and picked strawberries one day, and I thought I had a camera, but can't seem to find any pictures.  To make a visual-imagine the 4 boys in the cake pops post with strawberry juice surrounding their mouths.  Add Allie and Kristen to that picture, and I think that about covers it.  We had a nice sunny day and really had fun.  Then we went to lunch at the Farmer's Shed, which I'm pretty sure was much more fabulous for the grownups.  Not having special kid junk doesn't always go over well with the little people.  I think they are all used to being able to order chicken nuggets when they are out and at the Farmer's Shed, they eat what we eat.  Oh well-somehow they survived.

The next day took us all out to Pine Island-again with Allie and Kristen.  Robin and Michael and a big ol' bunch of their parents also joined us for a big party.  We had great weather and freezing water, but that did not stop the small ones!

They all got progressively more naked but I'll spare everyone those pictures-especially the ones of Nate wearing only sunglasses and a diaper-and not a swim diaper-not a good look for him.

Michael and his father and father-in-law were all fishing and were so gracious to let the boys reel in a few lines.  No fish were caught by the boys, but the adults caught a few that we got to see.

We also did a little Easter Egg Hunt for them. 

I am pretty sure that we got a very quiet rest time out of them that day!

The final day of Cousin-palooza took us all to the zoo.  Becca and I had high hopes of grabbing some lunch afterwards and doing a picnic at the park, but we were so pooped when we left.  We made it to chick-fil-a and then....

Ian was the lone awake small person.  He got to read his book in peace, which I'm sure he loved!

Here are a few pictures from the zoo.  They were all so excited because they had money to spend from Grandma-they bought icee's and fed the birds.  Unfortunately, the birds were so overfed that week that they were not too excited.  Nate choose to feed the giraffes instead.  For the first time, he didn't throw the lettuce on the ground when a giraffe came near.

And evenings were generally spent like this...

My boys have a lot to learn from their cousins in the area of bike riding.  Ian rode a bike without training wheels really early and he is really good!  And that little Brandon is fast! I thought his training wheels were going to fly right off on their own!  They gave us something to shoot for.

Overall, we had so much fun-and Ben just cried and cried the day they left.  We are looking forward to a visit to Virginia soon!

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