I hope that my kids will have fond memories of their cousins. We don't see each other very often either and we are very far away from each other. We do what we can to keep the specialness to their relationship by sending videos, making phone calls and passing on hand me downs (seems silly, but little kids love getting stuff from their older cousins, Devin will wear it if it came from Tyson). We try to put family first when we can and this summer is no exception with a trip out to BC to celebrate great-gramma and grampa's 60th anniversary. It was great to see them on their special day, but it was really special because we got to spend that day with all the cousins and aunties and uncles and great-gramma and grampa got to see how all their great-grandkids interact and it was really cool!
Below we have Devin and Samantha buried in the sand at Tofino. These two are only a month apart in birthday, but just because of the nature of girls and boys, typically you will find Sam playing with Jasmine and Devin with her younger brother, Hayden. I love this picture because of the great smiles, they were loving this moment!
Below we have a couple group snaps with all the Shadbolt cousins, I say that, but unfortunately for grampa none of their last names are actually Shadbolt :(
Below we have the boy cousins and the girl cousins. The boys are especially funny and well rounded, but I think they all have a sweet, sensitive side to them... they really are Shadbolt's! Then you have the girls... very powerful and driven, they know what they want and they know how to get it, not necessarily a good thing at their age.
Crazy cousins posing at the beach. Jasmine thinks Tyson is smelling his armpit here, ha, ha! Devin is doing a karate chop!
Hayden is the most huggable, kissable, kooky kid you ever did meet and he is incredibly lovable. Here the boys hugs and almost choke each other to death, seriously, we had to break it up, too funny!
Jasmine especially loves her cousin Allison. I'm glad long distance plans have changed, or we would owe a fortune to the phone company in a few years. Jasmine is just starting to figure out that she can phone her cousins and talk (for what seems like hours). Allison is a great role model for Jasmine and helps her write notes to the fairies, gives her drawing lessons and more.