When I was but a wee baby, my parents picked up and moved from Paris, Ontario to the north coast of British Columbia. My Dad is the oldest of five kids and they all had kids of their own around the same time. This would have been oodles of fun for me, did we not live clear across the country. We went back every few years but I often wished we had our extended family a little bit closer. The rest of them would get together for the holidays and big family get-togethers (They still do) and I felt like we missed out a little on that aspect of family.
Matthew has a sister two years his junior and a brother who arrived a year after she did. We all got married close together (Three years in a row) and had our kids in the same time period (Eight kids between us, born in the span of four years). We’ve been busy.
Matthew’s brother and his family live in the same town we do, so those cousins get to see each other pretty frequently. Matthew’s sister lives at the Coast, which is a mere four-hour drive away, so the whole batch of them get to be together often enough. This past weekend she drove up with her three and it was a Festival Of Blondes. The kids had a blast playing together for two full days in a row and before the group dispersed I asked if we could get a photo of them all together.
Back row: Daniel, Anna, Emily (Girl cousins! Only a year apart!)
Middle step: Isaiah, Graham
Bottom step: Caleb, Nathan, Jacob
I like it in black and white, too.
I can’t decide which one I’m going to print.
After checking the LCD and confirming that I did indeed have a photo I liked of the group, I told them to make silly faces.
They were happy to oblige.
Emily stayed with her standard “silly” face.
Nathan is slaying me in this series.
So is Isaiah.
We asked Anna if she wanted to make a silly face too.
That’s a negative.
I told the kids to do one more “nice” pose.
Daniel didn’t get the memo.
I love that my kids are having the extended family experience, complete with close cousins, that I did not. Based on the photos above, I think there’s going to be a lot of good times and laughter in the years to come.