On Memorial Day, my cousins had an amazing cookout at their house in Oklahoma City that included nine children, their parents, grandparents and even one great-grandma ... and a partridge in a pear tree. It was a true family gathering and an opportunity for CC to bond with her Oklahoma fam.
Little did I know that a mere five minutes after arrival, it would be my child who would need to disrobe and be hosed down after an unfortunate slide in the mud. Living in Los Angeles, I forget that it can rain in months like May ... or April or March, for that matter. Apparently CC used that to her advantage.
Lucky for us, we had a complete change of clothes and an appreciative audience of familial onlookers. (Yeah, it's always the L.A. cousin who needs the quick costume change.)
The kids played so well, and it was such a great time. Highlights included:
And lazing out in the recliner!
I have to say, it's nice to have a big family and to be able to reconnect with them. Right now, especially. We're in town to support my mom while she goes through heart surgery. She's doing so well, she's such a trooper, but it's always a nice reminder that there's a larger support system out there. No matter what.
Here's to you, Mom! Wishing you a speedy recovery. You're in our thoughts and prayers!