My parents had Simeon and Lucas. Josiah went to Joel's parents and Joel's sister, Julie kept Ezra and Evelyn. Julie sent periodic updates throughout the week and I wanted to paste them here to remember the fun of cousin time!
"Seriously, we've had a great day. We mowed lawns before breakfast and after dinner; took a lengthy trip to the library and breezed through HyVee with Johanna and Ezra pushing the race car cart with Evelyn and Micaela in it; read our library books during break time and had a blast at the pool.
Ezra ate 3 helpings of Grandma Hoffman's cucumber salad and both mowed down their black-eyed pea burgers. Evelyn was regaling us with Joy to the World while riding on the lazy river, to the amusement of the teenagers near by, and with silly songs tonight (accompanied with giggles). Micaela finally seems to have rounded the corner on her sickness.
Ezra picked out four different books on tape and wants to make sure I document his reading for the summer reading program. One was called the Heart of a Shepherd--looks like a really neat book. He also chose a Laura Ingalls Wilder book. Evelyn picked out Dora books and Dora movies, perhaps influenced by her cousins. There has been lots of doctoring of babies and caring for baby dolls today.
Going up to put the girls back in bed again! They have been wound up tonight. Scary to think of them as teenagers . . . .
"We're loving having Ezra and Evelyn here. They have been a joy, and full of joy. Ezra has been an eager beaver, jumping in and mowing the lawn here and begging to mow other people's lawns. So, we took him over to a neighbor's today and recruited two other people who'd be up for it. He's using our reel mower.
Evelyn has been happy to be the center of attention--both Johanna and Micaela are enjoying her company. Johanna is the doting older cousin, playing with her hair and laughing at her antics. Micaela is glad for a friend her age and claims her as "her" cousin. She's been easy going, but also has her strong mind about what she wants to do.
All four of them have been building their imaginary stories together that involve different ones being a mother or grand mother or daughter or fireman or who knows what. They had an animal rescue station going, complete with dance studio earlier today.
We hit the pool this afternoon. It was cool, but they were not deterred in the least. Evelyn was off and running, going down the slide many, many times. Likewise, Ezra was confidently doing everything. They all did the lazy river together, and Johanna and Ezra went down the slide with the inner tube. Evelyn would have--but she needs another inch before she's legal. . .
I am so grateful for family that loves my children and is willing to provide a secure, fun place for them!