I think my kids would agree that the very best part of a weekend with the family is the endless cousin time. Although the families are divided among three cabins, and there tends to be a lot of down time, our kids maximize playing with cousins.
Although not all the cousins were able to be together for the weekend, we connected with the ones that were there and loved every minute. There were a few of my kids I had to seek out and make sure they were still around the cabin because I rarely saw them.
And while the cousins connected – Steve and his siblings did the same thing. Bonding over late night chips, salsa and guac is always a good idea. Adult dinners are also very enjoyable. Watching them battle it out on the tennis and pickle ball courts is entertaining. They’ve got some competitive bones. The only thing that would have made it sweeter was having three more siblings there!
We have spent 7 of the last 9 Memorial Day weekends with family up north at Steve’s sister’s cabin, and this year was probably my favorite. My kids are old enough to play with their cousins with little to no instruction and our youngest is at a fun stage. Our time visiting with family was casual and reminiscent – the perfect blend of family time.
Every year, this trip is like a going away party for the family before everyone heads their separate directions for the summer and we don’t see each other for a long while. It was good to connect with our little family as well as extended family.
Pickleball, tennis, pool time, puzzles, playgrounds, corn hole, and sitting on the couch and just laughing. Summer has arrived.
I reached a new high in parenting today. We had overly ripe bananas that had seen the end of their life – or so I thought. In passing I suggested the kids make banana muffins, knowing very well they had never made muffins but it might be a fun summer activity. Hallie and Hunter jumped quickly at the idea. I supplied the recipe, gave a couple tips and walked out of the kitchen.
I returned to a kitchen full of delicious muffins (we had enough ripe bananas to quadruple the recipe!) Not only did they make muffins, the dishes had been washed as well. This. Is. A. Game. Changer!!
I’m ready to throw all sorts of recipes at them this summer and see how they do!
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup mashed banana (3 medium)
1/2 cup mik
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Mix wet ingredients. Add dry ingredients and mix.
Bake @400 for 25 minutes.
We love having visitors – especially when those visitors are cousins!
We couldn’t make it up to Utah to visit my brother and his family for spring break so we welcomed them to Arizona for their spring break. They’ve come to visit us a number of times and we’re starting to have “traditions” of activities we like to do together.
Riverview park and its large climbing structure never grows old. Every age group has fun here!
We’ve also made it a tradition to go to a trampoline/ninja warrior/skate park. I’m amazed how long kids can jump on the trampoline and never tire. This is also a place that every age group finds something they love.
My brother is great at entertaining kids. He kept them all busy while we waited for the improv comedy club to open.
These girls kept us entertained with their animal themed face masks!
We usually find time to play tennis together but we opted for the smaller court, pickle ball. We found ourselves here multiple nights while they were here.
We played games, went shopping, went to the temple, played laser tag, went to another trampoline place – we packed a lot in a short amount of time. Luckily our goodbyes are never too long and it makes us look forward to summer when we get to see them again.
We like to bring summer in with a bang and this year that included buckets and buckets and even more buckets of water balloons. We had arranged for all the kids on the bus get off at our stop to get popsicles for the last day of school. They were in for a larger surprise when their parents and the rest of the neighborhood were all waiting ready to ambush them with balloons.
Parents filled balloons and dropped them off. Parents dropped off balloons to be filled (Thank heavens they dropped off the quick fill Bunch-O-Balloons (aff link). If you haven’t seen these in action, they are amazing. We had 1500 balloons filled in no time. If you do try these – note that they need to be filled within an hour of using them. Costco has them in a large party pack!)
I don’t think anyone escaped this event dry (except, of course, for the camera woman!) and I’m convinced Steve enjoyed this more than all the kids. In fact, I think all parents enjoyed throwing balloons at their kids – and the kids had no problem fighting back. It was an epic battle.
Someone had the genius idea to have all the balloons picked up before popsicles were given out and that was probably the best move of the day!
Here are the kids willing to pose for the photo. Happy summer to all!
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