Soap box. Me on it. When I was growing up in magical Pennsylvania (until my horrible parents made me move to Idaho to start the second grade … thankfully my thinking matured), I had the best of times playing with my cousin Craig. My Aunt and Uncle lived on a big wide open farm where we spent hours at the creek catching crawdads and playing in the barn. We would have sleepovers in the living room on the hard wood floor in sleeping bags. When I was pregnant with Megan, my sister Julie was pregnant with Aaron, and three other cousins were expecting their first babies as well. There were five of us who had babies seven weeks apart and family get-togethers for years after that were made more fun by lining the growing babies up on the couch for a picture. Fast forward to my g-babes. MJ and Sydney are 10 weeks apart and Jayden and Simone three weeks apart. Cousin love is very important to me, and I hope it is to my girls as well. I’ve already had a few of those sleepovers for them at my house where we watch a simple G-rated movie while eating Boom-Chick-A-Popcorn (sold only at Albertson’s in the Organic isle … you’re welcome), and staying up (waaaay to late) telling silly stories with all three of us in one twin bed. They love it. There is much to be learned from playing with your cousin, and they can be a big part of your life. Granted we grow and go our separate ways at times, but often we don’t, and we are made more complete somehow from those experiences with cousins, young or old. Where did all that come from? It’s all because of Connor, Landon, and Ella who share that type of cousin love. This is the third time I’ve photographed them together and I am grateful to Oma Barb for that opportunity. Connor is 7-1/2 and his brother, Landon is 6. Cousin Ella is 2-1/2. Those boys adore that little girl and the feeling is quite mutual. I started with the boys because Ella’s family came a bit later to the photo session, and when Connor was getting his picture taken and saw Ella coming, he politely said “Miss Mary, may I be excused to go hug my cousin?” Aww! Landon’s way of showing cousin love was in trying to get Ella to smile. To set the stage, you know how boys love potty words and it makes them laugh? Well, as they were all sitting close, he leaned in real tight and whispered “poop” into her ear. 🙂 It was a priceless moment. I hope those handsome boys grow up to always be protective of that beautiful sweet girl as she grows older.
Now as always, use the arrows on your keyboard to move forward and backward through the images, and when you are done … go call a cousin.