Over Memorial Day weekend Jeremy's aunts were kind enough to host a mini family reunion at their home on Lake Egypt. All three of Jeremy's sisters were able to come. Which was a blessing; it had been a couple years since we'd all been together.
I feel fortunate to have in-laws who also value family, and who cover my kiddos with affection and love. As a result, my kiddos eat up any chance they get to spend with them. Times like these are one of the highlights of their year. There was lots of laughter, and we left feeling relaxed and refreshed.
One of Jeremy's sisters has kids close to our kids' age and it's so sweet to see them together. There is something special and magical about cousin love. Our daughters are less than a year apart and it looks like they aren't ever going to get any sisters; so it's nice they can kind of fill that role for each other.
The house has everything you could possibly need for having a good time at a lake. Jeremy's Aunts' definitely have the gift of generosity and hospitality. I tried waterboarding for the first time. I was nervous that I would totally biff and fall, but it's not as hard as it looks. It's actually quite relaxing. On our last day Jer and I tried to do some yoga on them...let's just say that didn't turn out too well.
The kids especially loved fishing and going out on the jet ski. Big Buddy tried hard to convince us to let him ride the jet ski all-by-himself, but for at least the next eleven years he's going to have to be content with just solo driving a kayak.
↓ This picture makes me chuckle. BabyZ has a bit of a shoe obsession; if there is a shoe lying around he will try it on. He's even thrown a couple tantrums because people won't take off their shoes for him.
↑ The way she looks at him...so much adoration.
↑ BabyZ looks so solemn but I swear he had a good time.
↓ Big Buddy is not a huge fan of physical affection at the moment. He makes an exception for me though - my heart explodes with happiness every time!