Cole got to hang with her cousins on Saturday and Sunday. Last time we got them all together, I snapped a number of decent pictures of the group. This time, not so much. Guess you can't win 'em all! Maybe in November, when the grandchildren, who will be 3, 2, 1, and 0, are together again we will have better luck. I wouldn't hold your breath.
It's an odd scenario to have such good friends that we rarely see. I'm grateful for technology that allows us to keep up with our distant friends and family. Cole actually gave her "Uncle" Stuart a big hug as we were leaving which was so sweet. She doesn't typically warm up to people that quickly. If only she knew how much the Days care for her...
Cole was all smiles as she took her cousins for a spin in the reclining chairs. While she explored new ways to play with the toys at her grandparents' house, she pressed through a range of emotions. Watching her learn to interact with new toys and people captivates my attention. I make an effort to hang back and let the kids work it out on there own (kind of like you would at the dog park) which leads to me frequently repeating, "Be a problem solver!"
All in all the trip was a success. We visited family, got to the party, and manged to develop a realistic expectation of what a road trip later this fall will look like.