Cousins, Bowling and Pizza

As the family continues to grow and the kids get older and more independent, it’s bittersweet to see what changes and what stays the same.  For the past several years, the U.P. cousins get together at some point during our time up north to go bowling and have pizza!

Here’s a group photo from 2013 where we gathered at Aunt Gretchen’s house for a little laughter and karaoke following our bowling.  It’s amazing to see the changes in each of these kiddos!

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Here’s the snap from this year!  Thankfully we’ve begun including more extended cousins, and those who are now grown-up and living far away were able to make it back!

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When I needed to pull some photos together this past summer, I realized that there’s a definite lack of pictures of the whole crew.  My guess is that’s that case for most families, where the parents are busy snapping pics of the kids and their activities.

So, we all joined in for a big group photo!  Though the parents usually congregate and chat, I’m guessing in a few years we’ll have to join in to add a new dynamic to this Christmas tradition!

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Feelin’ the blues ~ BSM

I know I’m not the only one who says “we’ll have to get together sometime” to friends or family members, only to find days, weeks, months pass by without actually following through.  So, I was beyond delighted to actually make plans to meet with my cousin a couple of weeks ago.  We met at my Mom’s house which is about the half-way point for us.  We spent the afternoon talking and catching up on how life as mom’s changed us in ways more profound than either of us could have imagined. 

She, is a stay-at-home mother of four adorable children.  Two boys and two girls.  The boys were in school for the day, so it was just time with the girls.  I can only hope that Seneca, Cieara and Madisyn are able to grow up cherishing their relationship with one another as much as we did!

I think this little lady was pretty curious about the big camera in her face!!!

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And Miss Madi is quite comfortable posing for a picture!  Though they’re a bit overexposed, I still couldn’t resist the way her eyes just sparkle!

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Doesn’t she look so much older than her 2.5 years?

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And this, is my best shot – the pure goofiness of it cracks me up every time!

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Swing by Tracey’s to see other best shots this fine Monday morning!