Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Photo Album: Cousin Retreat

A few years ago my mom, my sisters and myself {and probably a kid or two} went on a mini vacation.  Girls Week, we called it.  And I think every year since then we’ve ventured on some sort of “Girls Week”.  This year as we activity jumped from Children’s museums, to kid friendly restaurants, to swimming pools to parks and as we refereed pint-size disagreements, pushed strollers and buckled seatbelts for the umpteenth time I realized something – This is so not a girls week.  This is a cousin retreat.  We aren’t here to relax; we’re only here to chauffeur, supervise and pay the final tab!

Some day we will reclaim Girls Week, I hope.  I envision getting pedicures, eating at nice restaurants and sleeping in hotel beds without a foot in your gut and three heads on your pillow, but for now we are content being camp counselors at a weeklong Cousins Retreat.  Mainly because it makes the kids happy, and their little cousin friendships are worth the investment.
Jessica had a conference in Provo, Utah so we went up a day early – crammed in as many activities that were possible - and spent the remainder of the week park hopping, hanging out at the hotel pool and eating ice-cream at BYU’s Creamery.  Mom, a BYU alumni, took us on a mini BYU tour to see her old apartments and stomping ground and we also squeezed in an Ikea trip. 
I have the best family in the world!  I wish Kate could have joined us and that Jaelynn could have stayed longer, but as a whole I think this year’s Cousins Retreat was a smashing success.
Warning:  I’m posting close to a million pictures.  My apologies.  I tend to be excessive.  But you already knew that about me, right?

7 comments:

Natalie said...

I hope you scrapbook these wonderful blog pic posts! Looks like you had a great time! I forgot to send you a link...but you've won an award :)http://fromcorporatetodomestic.blogspot.com/2011/06/and-winner-is.html

The Staley Family said...

Love it!

Kali Jo said...

we have cousins camp every year an it sounds a lot like your retreat. We have gone camping lately and it is lots of work but with all of us adult around I usually get a nap or two while we are there. Can i invite my self to your REAL girls week?

Jami said...

Whatever it is called, I sure do love spending time together with all of us!

Lacy said...

That is a great tradition. And alot of work. Kudos to you.

Katie said...

So fun! How do you do your awesome collages?

Jessica said...

Thanks for coming! Sorry it was a very relaxing trip!!!

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