are you close to your cousins? did you grow up together? do you keep in touch, share stories and secrets, consider yourself great friends?
i am sorry to say that i didn't really grow up close to my cousins. i only have a couple on my mom's side, and they live in arizona, and on my dad's side there are tons but they are mostly either much older or much younger than us. we weren't together enough to get used to hanging out a lot and i'm sure proximity also plays a big part. they are great people but, besides family events, we unfortunately don't really make it a point to get together.
however, i do have four siblings that i am super super close to, as you have probably gathered :)
so needless to say, i really want our kids to be close too.
i want them to be real friends, to hang out together with great enthusiasm, to trust each other and truly know each other through and through.
utah checking out his stripes:
to you parents out there: is that something you can orchestrate?
i know you can't force kids to like each other, but if you get the cousins together all the time, will they naturally play well together?
i know my brother matt's three kids have over thirty cousins on their mom's side, and it seems like when they all get together they are a big, happy, wild, playful bunch. i'm sure there are probably nuances and favorites, but overall they seem to really love being together.
i hope the beatty side will eventually have a (smaller) band of kidlets like that. i can't wait!
lucy and utah are going to be the same age for half the year! hard to imagine right now while he's so tiny and she's so big, but he'll probably outgrow her. i like to wonder what their relationship will be like, and for that matter, what their personalities will be like. right now it seems like he is a pretty serious little guy who is distinguished in tastes and loves music, with a quiet little smile on the ready. lucy is curious, observant, excitable and cheerful. how will they interact; how will they compliment each other? will they enjoy some of the same activities? will they tease each other, make mischief together? one thing i know, they'll both enjoy camping!
we are trying to start them early on adventures together!
though right now it just might be walks around downtown nevada city :)
so tell me all your cousin stories!