Thursday, March 5, 2015

Cousin Weekend

Back in January, some of our wonderful cousins came up to visit us for the weekend.  It was one crazy, awesome, hilarious, way too much fun, and way too short weekend.  We had a blast together!  We cousins grew up together and are very close-knit; even though we might be separated by many miles, we will always remain best friends!  It's called cousin love.  And it's special.  Very special.

 Reunited after three years!

Happiness abounds!

Honestly, this was such a packed weekend and we took so many pictures, I'm not sure which ones to post!

 Pajama Party! 
With eight girls in one room, there were lots of giggles and late night talks.

 Grace and I sharing a laugh at the dinner table.  Love her!

Havilah with Hope, Audrey, Grace, and Cassidy.  These are such lovely girls!

 Studio C with the cousins.  It's a tradition now!

 This is one full van on the way to church!

I've been told the naughty kids always sit in the very back... hm...
We only had two open seats!

 Poor Hope always gets her phone hacked by some mischievous cousins who will remain nameless...

 Dollar store shopping fun!

 And craziness! 

 Oh, and when there are cousins around, there is ice cream around!  Tillamook Mudslide is da bomb!

 Audrey shows us how you really should eat ice cream--right out of the container!

But you have to burn off that ice cream, right?  
Hope and I went on a morning run and were so excited to see that we both have Asics as our favorite running shoes.

Cassidy learned to chop wood on the farm!

 Shiloh made a great dinner for Erev Shabbat.

Celebrating Shabbat with the family.

We had such a special time worshiping with the cousins!

Worship dance is so special and doing it with your cousins makes it even more special.

 Talking about dancing... the majority of the weekend had something to do with dancing.

 Teaching Audrey how to waltz.

 Shiloh, Grace, and Eden.  Everyone looks so much alike!

No comment needed.  ;)

Our big finale consisted of a family folk dance!

 I had a blast dancing and calling.  :)

 Looooong lines!

We had such a great group of people who came to dance with us!

Spreading out for the Bonfire.
Video from the dance!

And then this lovely weekend had to come to an end.  :(  Sadness.

The Awkward Family Photo.

Shiloh, Hope, and I pranked the younger cousins as a goodbye surprise with silly string.  :)  You can see their reaction in the first part of our Cousin Happy Dance recap of the weekend video:

Oh, goodness I miss them all!  It was such a special time together and I am so grateful to the Lord for blessing us with such wonderful cousins!  And I am so thankful to my parents who made this all possible by having such a generous heart and an open home.  :)

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