Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cousins, cousins, here come the girls...

Well after a whirlwind move on Thursday I threw everything in the house, jumped in the pool to cool off and sister and I headed to the shore (my stuff is still sitting in the living room...oops!).

We got down to my grandma's just in time for dinner and to have a nice, relaxing glass of wine.  The night was calm in comparison to the two other nights at the beach.  You see, the beach is where my family reunites and this past weekend was no exception.

I have nine cousins on my dad's side of the family...and if you've ever met my dad you would know that it's sometimes hard to get a word in edgewise...well almost all 22 members of the family are like him or even louder, so it's always entertaining.  This weekend we had three cousins, two friends, 1 aunt, 1 uncle and 1 grandmother with my sister and I.

The cousins are a big deal in my family.  As a child we were always going down to the beach together.  We would go exploring, try to climb over fences, get lost in the waves, or just spend hours upon hours looking for sandcrabs.  We have always gotten along well (for the most part) because a lot of us are the same age.  Ok so one time I did kick one of my cousins in her bad knee...I was young though!

All dressed up to celebrate my grandfather's 70th Birthday...yes we decided to
choreograph a dance to the Spice Girls for his 70th?

Christmas - notice the sisters matching dresses....thanks mom.
As we have gotten older it has been lots of fun going back to the beach and reminiscing about those times as children....and sometimes continuing to act like them ourselves :)  Rather it be shopping at the outlets, sitting on the deck eating crabcakes, swimming in the ocean, or having fun in Dewey, with the cousins you can always count on a fun, exciting (sometimes drama filled) time!

Ya-ya party with the fam - yes we all put on hats and little candles and became
ya-ya sisters like the book/movie
Memorial Day weekend 2010
Memorial Day weekend 2009

4th of July 2010 
Christmas 2010
this past weekend...man I'm a shrimp!
Anyway, we had so much fun!  We sat on the beach and caught up, ate lots and lots (especially seafood, my fave!), drank skinny girl margaritas (ok not me as I can't stand tequila, but my cousin is obsessed!), went on mini adventures, and just had a ball.

Do you have cousins that you enjoy being around?  Have you taken some time to catch up with them lately?  Is there somewhere that the whole family goes to get together?  Take some time this summer to catch up with family, you'll be glad you did!

Next stop - California!  OK so I may not be writing until Vegas (Tighe and I start our road trip tomorrow and have to do a lot of moving...) but I will be sure to update on the travels as we go!

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