It has been an eventful 2 weeks.
Ben and Olivia and their 3 kids came to visit us for a week. The day after they left, Matt and April and their 4 kids came to visit for the next week. It has been 2 full weeks of a full house, fun adventures, late-night chats, and bonding- time with cousins.
The biggest take-away is that my kids LOVE their cousins and they LOVE the beach.
First, Ben and Liv came. We had a great few days at the beach, and then they spent a few days as a family at Disneyland. Our passes dont work during the summer (plus the hot weather does not make amusement parks look very tempting to me), so we weren't able to join them. But we still had some great bonding time. One night after the kids were in bed, we asked Amazon Alexa to play top hits from random years (birth years, teenage years, year we got married, etc) and rated who had the best year. It was silly but fun. I enjoy those random conversations that really only happen when you spend late nights together.
Then the following week, Matt and April and their 4 kids came to visit. This is the second time they have come, and it was just as fun.
We went to the beach one day. The big take-away from that beach day: Matt and April's kids hate the sand. hahaha. Oh my goodness, you would not believe the drama and belly aching just because of a little sand in their bathing suits. I guess the beach is sometimes an acquired taste.
We celebrated the 4th of July with a pancake breakfast at church and then a pool day at my parent's house. On another day, we explored the Natural History Museum. Matt and April and their kids went to the Funko Pop store and loved it (a phenomenon that I just don't understand, but whatever).
We are so grateful that we have had almost all of Andrew's family come visit us in California. It is a unique time in our lives, so I am glad everyone put the effort to visit and glimpse our current home/situation. I know it means a lot to Andrew too.
Andrew and Maichael
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