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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Adventure Crew Reunites in Cape Cod...

Well, we survived two days of cross country flights, hellishly long waits at rental car agencies and the hour and a half drive to and from the Cape. And in between all of that, managed to have a nice little visit with our East coast cousins and Nana and Papa!
The travel days were long. It's a really far way to go with three small children and it seemed like total trains, planes and automobiles. On more than one occasion, I looked at Grant and proclaimed that we wouldn't be doing this again. BUT, after arriving on the Cape and slipping into relaxation mode - and more importantly, after seeing how much fun the cousins all have together - the brutal travel days are easily forgotten and all seems worth it.

We swam, beached, ate LOTs of lobster, played putt putt, went on a pirate ship adventure, tie dyed t-shirts for the Adventure Crew and enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the Cape.
The boys played from morning til night, mostly getting along (Greyson and Gus seemed to take turns being the odd man out - if only those two knew their alliance would be much stronger than the older boys!) and making all sorts of grand plans to sneak out at night and steal their parents' cell phones. They hung out in the HGHG HQ, a giant fort Hank constructed downstairs in the playroom. Honestly, just seeing those four knuckleheads play, as crazy as they all are together, is totally worth any amount of traveling, in my opinion. I grew up with cousins who were much older than us so there was never really any sort of quality relationship there... So the fact that we can give this to our children means a lot to me. 
Henley and the girls didn't pay too much attention to each other. The girls showed a little bit of interest in their baby cousin, constantly asking me what her name was and identifying what belonged to whom. Henley was more interested in all of their toys, specifically the strollers and purses. Excited to see how their relationship evolves over the years and it was so fun seeing the twins, who we hadn't seen since last year (!!).
Our giant family playdate was madness, as usual, so the quality time for the grown ups was a bit lacking, but tis the season of parenting we're in and was to be expected. My brother-in-law, Matt couldn't join until half way through the week (he's busy taking over the real estate world and even got to ring the bell at the NYSE this morning! Way to go, brother!) and my little sister, Whitney and her hubby, Ryan are busy getting ready for their new baby and stockpiling PTO days, so our giant family of almost 16 was feeling a little lean this week. I know our family enjoyed seeing everyone - and loved that Nana and Papa joined us for the pirate cruise, which I think was the highlight of the trip.

Here are some more pics of our week in the Northeast...
Nana and Greyson playing baseball... Weather looks cloudy but it was actually pretty perfect the entire time we were there!
Water gun fight with Papa...
Boogie boards = shields
Henley and her bestie, Aunt Jess...
Putt putt... Hayes has gone twice since we've gotten back!
Gusser's early birthday party...
Can't believe this kid is going to be 5!!
Cape Cod Pirate Adventures
argh!
Adventure Crew... reunited and it feels so good!

Thanks again to Jess and Matt for hosting us all!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Bucket List Update...

Update on the Cohen Fam Summer Bucket List...

We've made some progress and while we still have quite a bit to do in the 32 days left of summer (but really, who's counting?), we've actually accomplished quite a bit.

In all seriousness though, we quickly fell into a relaxed summer routine and I'm sort of dreading going back to school. The early mornings, the homework. The fact that it'll mean that we'll have a 1ST GRADER!! I wish we could be in the lazy days of summer forever... with camp involved of course. There has to be some sort of camp.
Happy birthday 7-11...
And while the boys go back to school on August 15th, (Henny Bear doesn't start her academic career until September 1st) I'm actually going to keep moving through the summer bucket list well after the first day of school. We booked tickets to the Museum of Ice Cream in September and have an outdoor movie excursion planned for October. Indian Summer (which we have big time here in LA in September and October) is still considered Summer, right?

Here's what else we've knocked off our list this summer:

We watched fireworks on the 4th of July and had a bunch of friends over for a BBQ...
We went to the beach...
We spent all day in our swimsuits...

Hayes is learning to ride his bike...
Greyson finished his last day of GBCP Summer Camp (and last day at that school ever - sob!). It also happened to be 'Costume Day', so what better choice is there than a fleece fireman's number in 85 degree heat?
And although I don't have pictures, we had a picnic at a park (I'm not really sure how this even made the list as it's something we do almost every weekend!).

Next up, we head to Cape Cod on Sunday to visit with the Kelly clan and Nana and Papa. 
Wish us luck on the hellish day of travel we have ahead - we're gonna need it!