Last Sunday at this time I was uploading and editing pictures from our day trip to Blacksburg. This week we’ve stayed close to home, and I really have no excuse for not getting a few pictures posted sooner. Well, other than my temporary snake paralysis that has fortunately eased up a little – no more snake sightings or egg laying “Mommy” snakes lingering in my lawn (that I know of at least). Cringe. I hope this is the last time I have to think about or type the word snake in my blog. Just looking at the word is starting to give me the creeps again. Cringe.
In other parts of the state, where children in one household hatch every few years, live The Tracy’s. Throw in the Green’s + our family and we’ve got ourselves a party. A party with nine cousins and second cousins in all ranging from just over five months to almost ten years old. Wait, plus two friends for part of the day makes eleven!
Vivian will have to wait a little longer to take her place around the table for grilled cheese, watermelon, and cheese puff partying, but she did hold her own in the hat wearing department.
For adult entertainment outdoors, I personally got a kick out of seeing how many kids could fit into this small pool at one time.
Back inside, Melanie, Rachel, and I took our standard self-portrait while enjoying an adult beverage and sneaking some chocolate from a secret stash while the kids weren’t looking. Not sure where the husband’s/Daddy’s were, but I am pretty sure they were either out having beers, standing by the grill, and/or avoiding the camera. Slick little suckers.
My favorite photo of the weekend is of Melanie and Vivian, taken not long after we arrived, meeting each other for the first time.
When it was time to feed the troops again they organically set up camp outside. After having five kids, Rachel sure hasn’t lost her touch when it comes to feeding the masses in the midst of
chaos a party. Corn on the cob anyone?
Before it was time to go home, I laid Vivian down to put on her jammies, and all of a sudden the boys noticed her from what seemed like the first time all day. She played a pretty low-key role in the swimming hole and squirt gun fight so I think she might have been overlooked a little to this point.
As always a fun day with family! I’ve always been close with my cousins – all of them – even the ones not pictured here. How lucky am I?! And now our kids are getting to make similar childhood memories with each other.
Maybe next time we will reconvene at a bigger swimming hole…
Have a great Sunday!
The Banter Lady