I took the photos of my sleeping children the morning following a long night at Lagoon. It was nearing 10:00 am and they were all passed out. Why do photos of sleeping children make a parent feel all warm and fuzzy inside? It's the sweetest thing.
At the end of June, we went to Andrew's work party. They held a carnival in his company's parking lot. We felt spoiled as we helped ourselves to the delicious food trucks and fun activities. By the time we got there, the crowd had diminished so we were able to enjoy these things with very few people around. We didn't bond much with Andrew's co-workers, but it sure made for a fun family memory.
July marked the arrival of our cousins from New York. This reunion was particularly exciting as we met two month old cousin, Lila. We are in love with this baby! That night as I tucked Forrest into bed, he brought her up ask he asked, "Mom? Baby Lila come to my house?" Of all my children, Lottie asks to hold her most.
(Cousin Truman's baptism)
Our summer has been full of interaction with cousins; on both sides of the family. First, we saw a lot of Mark and Jen's family. Their departure coincided with Liz's arrived allowing our attention to turn to that side of our family. Growing up with cousins is a blessing we do not take for granted. Sometimes it feels a little crazy as we try to plan times to be together while remembering we have normal life obligations to take care of, but it's worth it. Our kids are so lucky.
(Lagoon is another great way to have that bonding/one on one time with a child.)
In between play dates with cousins, we've had a few friends come over and play too. An especially cute play date was between Lottie and her friend Lizzie. Eliza wanted to transform them into Anna and Elsa.