In August we were able to go back up north for a week and enjoy some relaxing times with family and friends. It was a week of extremes. Extreme laughter, extreme bonding, extreme sun, extreme rain and wind, extreme chill. About half way through the week I realized I sorely miscalculated the weather. We needed less sunscreen, sunglasses, bathing suits; and more raincoats, umbrellas, pants, sweaters and coats. BUT we still enjoyed the week and had fun inventing nature/photo scavenger hunts and having warm conversations by the wood stoves.
At the end of the week we gave the teenagers a round of applause. They were fantastic with the children; playing, reading, and including them with everything. What great examples they are and we really appreciated their selflessness.
Josh and Mark kept us entertained with their homemade water skies duct taped to rubber boots!
We haven't had a picture of the cousins and family for a long time. All of these boys!!! and Olivia
It is just astounding.
My parents took the family out for icecream and we celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary with them. We love how well they grandparent all of these boys (considering they only had daughters). They have embraced the rowdiness and at times even encouraged it. They understand how boys think and act and love them for it. I think that their example of has helped my sisters and I understand the world of boys. Olivia handles herself well with all of her boy cousins and never complains.
Intense games of kick-the can and relay races.
It is great fun to see your aunts every day for a week. When I come home I go through a "aunt" withdrawal.
Off for a time of fishing and talking.