Cousin Week

We have been enjoying a fabulous week of time spent with cousins. Micah, Missy & co. arrived in MN for Missy's brother's wedding on Wednesday. We were at my parents' house waiting for them when they pulled in, and the fun hasn't stopped since.
They came bearing gifts, including these jewels which Rae so dramatically displays
So great to see this face again!
The next day, my side of the family (minus Amber, Pete & kids) came out to our place for burgers and a bonfire.
I was thankful that the boys haven't changed too much!
Anna is a tiny little peanut! So sweet!
JP & Micah "chop" the firewood...
...and Malachi & Zach haul it to the fire pit.
JP brought some old cabinets from a job site to burn, but it turns out they make a better fort when you add a cardboard roof.Micah & Missy
We had only limited time to spend with Micah as he had to report back to the base on Monday morning. We were able to see him again for a brunch on Sunday before he had to catch his flight. Missy and the kids stayed in MN, though, and will be here through the 11th.

On Friday we had some more friends come out to our place for a bonfire. The fire was short-lived, however, when we came up with the brilliant idea to play a game of guys vs. girls kickball. The women had a 8-month pregnant teammate, and the men had a teammate recovering from knee surgery 3 days before. Once the sun set, JP brought out the flood lights. When the rain started, we kept playing. When the 3-year-old got smacked in the head with a kickball, the pregnant lady's body gave out, and the rain really started coming down...we finally called it a game. :)

Cousin week continued with a play date at my sister's house on Monday morning, followed by an impromptu dinner at JP's sister's house that night. Hats off to Lisa for preparing a delicious dinner for 10 on only 1/2 day's notice (those of you who know Lisa know she doesn't normally cook, much less for 10).
Handsome Vincent
These girls are so preciousFlorie and Ruby are proving to be partners in crime. They will be the ones to keep us on our toes as the years go by! And finally, we had one more play date at my parent's house today, just for good measure. If you think it sounds exhausting...well, it is! But we're willing to do it in order to squeeze every minutes of fun we can out of Malachi, Zach and Anna.
Me & AnnaAll 8 Harpel grandkids (Ruthie is thrilled)...lol.

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