I haven't posted in well over a week. We've been a bit busy!
Last Tuesday through Saturday, my parents and three nieces came up from Illinois for a visit. The girls are almost-11, 9, and 6. Their mom was my identical twin sister, Cathy, who sadly passed away from cancer 3 1/2 years ago. So genetically, my boys and her girls are half brothers and sisters, and they always have a great time together.
I wish we all lived closer, so we could see each other more often, without the crazy, marathon, stuff-in-as-much-fun-as-possible visits when we do get together. But still, I'm thankful for family, and for cousins that enjoy each others' company.
playing with balloons on the trampoline
creating masterpieces with Sculpey clay
the two youngest ones, exploring at the park
the older four, busy building a damn on the creek
launching little water balloons with the super-duper sling shot
jumping with more little water balloons
Uncle Rashed's tractor rides around the yard
Kissing Cousins! Aaron kissing his "girlfriend" (as he called her!) good-bye
It was pretty much a 5-day Party. I had fun doing most of the cooking - since I already cook for 5, why not cook for 10?! I must admit to a 3 hour nap, though, after they left on Saturday!