It was like being at the best summer camp ever. They got to ride on a pony...
and catch fireflies!
We couldn't get a picture of it, but this is one of the kids moving their jar of fireflies around. My family has never seen fireflies before, and it was magical the way they rose from every bush, tree and blade of grass along the rolling hills. Seriously stunning!
Then they all had to go wash their dirty feet off before bed. This picture of the bums made me laugh :)
The cousins took us to their friend's little pond where we got to to canoeing and swimming.
Who could resist this little sweetheart?
I'm never baby hungry, but all the sweet little preschool cousins we spent time with all week made me toddler hungry.
I guess I should borrow one for a while to cure myself of that!
The morning we left to come back to The Swamp, the cousins wanted to go early-morning river-canoeing. We didn't get a picture of it, but at the very end of the ride, the canoes tipped over at a series of small waterfalls. The kids were stranded on rocks and clinging to overturned canoes. They were all terrified and each of them said they were saying prayers that helped them be calm and know what to do.
On the way back to my brother's house to pack up the car and get the kids dried off, Kelly Clarkston's song "What doesn't kill you" came on and both cars had it blasting. We told the kids they were stronger for surviving the overturned canoes and praying for safety. They liked that.
THEN...josh's backside exploded in a dirty old gas station restroom and Chris had to clean him up (aw shucks, it happened in the men's room and I couldn't help!), throw away a bunch of nice-but-now-poopy clothes and shoes, then mop up the floor.
So we lost a camera in the rapids, a window on the freeway, and some clothes in a gas station. But it didn't kill us!
We got home a little before midnight, and had a few poopy kids all night long, but there's no place like home. And we'd do it all again in a heart beat because cousins are forever friends, and we're glad ours love each other so much.