Category Archives: Cousins

New Year Daze Part III

The girls hung out with their cousins on New Years Day as well as other family.  They really had fun opening presents, posing in their new dresses, bowing (well, maybe receiving the money part!), and figuring out how to rig some ball shower contraption with baskets and rope.

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Water park

We left the next morning for a water park adventure with the girls’ cousins.  Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan Wisconsin proved to be a fun park for all the girls.  Unni even insisted on riding the big slide which ended up being kinda scary but she managed to survive with Halmoni’s help.  We spent the night there after roasting marshmallows and walking along the water in the evening. The next morning, the girls all played in the resort sand, plus tried their hand at the putting green and bocce game.

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The old man

It’s hard to believe my little brother is 40!  It wasn’t such a big deal when I hit that milestone but my little brother’s turn made me pause.  We celebrated with family and the cousins happily played together some more.

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Cousin love

I have more photos to upload later, but the girls had a blast with their cousins. The two youngest ones are the most hilarious to watch play together, but they all love the swing set in Halmoni and Halabuji’s backyard. It’s the sand box that’s most attractive, probably because it’s the messiest!

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Pipestem WV — Part III

Our treat heading out of town centered around a custard shop my BIL discovered online.  We ate hot dogs and then had big cones of premium ice cream afterward.  We laughed while reading aloud all the signs hung up inside the shop.  Those West Virginians can be witty, you know….

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Pipestem, WV — Part II

Saturday morning, after our yummy breakfast (thanks, men!), we hiked up a small trail to the outlook at the entrance of the resort.  Breathtaking view!

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We headed back for our lunch of “walking tacos” which are chili in Fritos bags (thanks Pioneer Woman!).  I had frozen it and Dad thawed it out over the fire in the morning and it kept perfectly warm while we explored the tower.

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In the late afternoon, we all swam at the Lodge in a very heated pool.  The temperature of the water may have been warmer than what our girls usually bathe in, but given how chilly it was outside, we sure didn’t mind!  We ate a yummy chicken fajita supper which we unfortunately didn’t photograph.  I think we were too busy actually eating the delicious meal that we forgot.

The sunset that evening was spectacular.  The rays beamed on the trees for a few minutes before fading away.  The kids played with their glow sticks turned circles and we all finally turned in for the night.  Another chilly night, at that, which is why my SIL is wearing multiple layers of clothes in the photo below.

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And a good time was had by all.

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Pipestem, WV

We really, really enjoyed our weekend in West Virginia.  The majestic scenery, the fresh air, the twinkling stars, the campfire smoke (ahem!), the tame deer, and most of all the company of siblings/cousins/friends made for a great time.  We camped on adjacent lots, but cooked, ate and kept warm by the fire together. When we arrived Friday afternoon, it was sprinkling and we were hungry so we decided to explore the lodge on the vast resort.  We discovered its amazing view out the floor-to-ceiling windows in the lobby, a heated indoor pool, and an activity room.  We dined at their restaurant which included a buffet spread complete with prime rib and all kinds of seafood (and the girls ate free since they were under five!!).  We dined looking out the window at the beautiful mountains, watching clouds roll in.  After we ate, we dashed through the rain to the campsite a few miles down the road where the skies cleared enough to start pitching the tent.  But the rain started up again and the cold weather set it.  The low temperature for the night was 37 degrees Fahrenheit.  That’s pretty chilly when there’s only a thin tent between us and the elements.  We managed quite well because we brought our electric heater pad which we put on top of the air mattress.  Dad unfortunately didn’t fare quite so easily but survived the night.  He huddled with us three in the early morning to thaw out.

Best way to travel -- sleeping kids

Best way to travel — sleeping kids

Amazing view (aside from kid, of course)

Amazing view (even aside from kid, of course)

Our dining vista

Our dining vista with dessert buffet full of chocolate options

Real camper -- just woke after sleeping outdoors at 37 degrees

Real camper — just woke after sleeping outdoors at 37 degrees

We hoped for a cave, but it was a big rock formation

We hoped for a cave, but it was a big rock formation

Campground + playground = happy kids

Campground + playground = happy kids

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Our tent

Our tent

Breakfast chef who even figured out how to make a stove barrier

Breakfast chef who even figured out how to make a stove barrier

Breakfast cook

Breakfast cook

Notice the percolating coffee?

Notice the coffee percolator?

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