10 days, 5 states, 7 cousins (part 1)

well. i’m a bit behind on blogging, eh? we went on this trip, see, and before that i was packing and there was some germy stuff happening in josephine’s nasal region. and then there’s this baby here who seems to like a lot of attention. and i’m not sleeping all that restfully. so the blog slipped by the wayside. i attempted to write a few posts while we were traveling, but something’s wrong with my wordpress app and i was not successful. anyhow. onward and upward. there will be more posts soon. i have some fairly cute photos of my fairly cute family that i just can’t not share. but now, the trip.

we journeyed by plane and car and then by plane again to kansas city and red wing (and back to seattle) to visit ned’s brother’s family and my family. it was a long time to be away but also so good to just settle into being gone and spending quality time with people we love and don’t see nearly often enough.

i can’t cull the photos from the trip to any sort of reasonable amount, so i’m going to cover the trip in two parts. today: kansas city. josephine and tilly have six cousins in KC, one of whom we hadn’t even met. watching all the cousins interact was a total delight. josephine and lizzie were joined at the hip (i think i need to find myself a local lizzie here in seattle). and natalie, each and every time she saw tilly, said “oh, i just YUV that yittle baby tiwee!” after spending the days in the energetic company of eight kids, we parents had a few brief moments together after the kids were in bed before we stumbled off to our own beds. it was all so good.

we spent a day at annie’s irish dance competition. it was pretty fascinating and a very good reminder to think about what a child’s involvement in an activity/sport means for the parent. we took a break from the fiddle music with a picnic lunch in the hot kansas sun. (annie’s wearing a wig, by the way.)

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hanging out with the littles and popsicles in the front yard…

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cousins at play:

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oldest to youngest (annie, genna, elizabeth, josephine, peter, natalie, henry, tilly):

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and one of a couple dozen outtakes:

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