We’ve spent the week with Chris’ family at a house we collectively rented in the Poconos. You can see the house here: Himmlischer Chateau.
It has been a good reminder to me of how important sheer time is for feeling comfortable and relaxed with people. The cousins have adored being able to play with each other as soon as they awaken in the morning until the very end of the day. The adult children have had time to play and hold each other’s kids, as well as trade memories of childhood and current life.
Having a space where each family has at least one bedroom of their own, as well as group spaces large enough for all of us to congregate, how great it has been.
Some fun pictures of the week:
Dress Up With Cousins
Monkey enjoyed shuffleboard.
The siblings know how to enjoy each other’s company.
Noa adores Cousin Meg
Again with the sippy cups…Sigh…everyone wanted the sippy cups…
Cousin O tried to convince The Buster to try the horse ride, but he was having none of it.
The Ugly Potato Horse Sweatshirts and a nearby playground made for great fun.
Our crew was thrilled to have Dad around for the whole week!
Lots of great family photos taken. With people in the family from 6 months to over 65 y.o., it was quite a task to get all 19 facing the same direction and no one crying.
The Buster has been on a bit of a roll lately with the funny comments.
Here are two for posterity’s sake:
We were snuggled up getting ready for him to fall asleep one night, and he was talking about “My Minecraft,” the game he plays in his head when he can’t be playing Minecraft on an actual computer. He was telling me an elaborate story about it, then he said, “What did I say again? I’m a fast forgetter.”
Then, just a couple nights ago, we had dinner with some friends. They have two children our crew’s age, and we like them all very much: adults and children. The adults were sitting around the dining room table, having a great time visiting. The kids were in the basement, also having a great time, we thought.
Zachary came upstairs, snuggled up to Buds and said, “How long until we leave?”
“About 10 minutes,” we told him.
“Thank Goodnes,” he said, and walked away.
An interesting way to end an evening.