November 28, 2008

Here's A Face I Won't Soon Forget



It's not very often that you get to meet a relative you haven't met before. I do have a new great nephew I haven't met yet because of distance, but this week I got to meet one second cousin (a daughter of my first cousin, am I right?) and re-meet her sister who I met only briefly at my uncle's funeral a few years ago.

Sean enjoyed having his cousins sleep over and play. At one point he came up from the basement and told us, "I'm playing with my cousins and I'm being very gentle because they're so small." All the boys had a special Thanksgiving with their new buddies, but my niece...oh, my niece...she's been the only girl in the family and has to constantly deal with this....



so she was quite excited to have girls...



she attached herself to them and did not let go....





I wouldn't be surprised if she smuggled herself in the trunk of their car and is somewhere in Ohio by now. They loved her too. Every time she walked into the room, they exclaimed, "There's that little girl!"


Here, I thought she'd surrounded them with protective cones to secure her cousins, but it turns out she set up a camp to prepare them to war against the unsuspecting boys behind them playing soccer. I guess she figured she finally had a chance with more girls on her side.

The only reason she let go of them here is that I asked them to line up in order from biggest to smallest. As you can tell, someone over there on the right didn't want to.

After the girls left, my niece came up to hug me, looked up at me with her teary eyes and said, "Aunt Jennie I miss them already."

It was a great Thanksgiving and we love our little cousins.



5 comments:

Mom said...

Sweet pictures of cousin bonding. Glad you had a good day with family.

Paul Nichols said...

You have a beautiful family.

Well, duh!

kristen said...

I love all the pictures - and YEA on meeting new family members. I'm so glad to hear that their mom was rescued from the bad relationship!! That is not easy to do - I hope that they stay very safe and do not go back! Cousin bonding is wonderful. It's one of the (many) things I love about going to my dad's for tamale day. It's fun to watch my cousins' children and mine play together. When i was growing up, my cousins were always around - we all lived in the same town. We had that for a while when we were living in Petaluma. We'd go to my sisters (or visa versa) at least once/month, often more than that, and our kids would play and enjoy one another...and fight, but that's how it goes. we're looking forward to seeing them soon.

OH! and before i go (good lord! i've blogged on your blog!), I'd like to know...WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE TIE FIGHTER BITS??? Rhys, if you haven't figured it out, is a HUGE GINORMOUS star wars fan! he'd think he'd died and gone to heaven if he had those!

and, re: your comment -- me? done with christmas shopping? hahahahahahaha oh my! i'm winded from lauhing so hysterically. but do come over! Rob makes the best cinnamon rolls EVER! WAY WAY better than cinnabon!

rosemary said...

Great family times....they are adorable; all of them.

Lisa said...

Your first cousins children are your first cousins once removed! They are a generation removed! your second cousins are your mothers first cousins children...! It took me ages to get my head around it!!

Lovely blog!!