Category Archives: Extended Family

Pool Time

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On July 26, we went to the pool with the Rawlings family. We played several games including but not limited to Marco Polo, Blob Tag, and Statues.  There was one specific round of Marco Polo when Abi was dead set on getting me tagged. She followed me around like a shark before locking me in her arms. Haydn, Ansa, and I have always played with “no sacrificing” as a rule so several times during my struggle to free myself from Abi I exclaimed, “Surely there is a rule somewhere against this!” Abi and Noah, both very entertained by my struggle, were each faithful to give me a “no” in reply. When I realized talking Abi out of sacrificing me was getting me nowhere, which I realizedimg_9820 when the gap between me and Joshua was quickly shrinking, I kicked things up a few notches. I began to squirm, kick, and wiggle which, for the first couple of times, allowed me to successfully free myself and I managed to swim away before Abi was able to catch me again. The third or fourth time she ensnared me yet again, Haydn joined in. With Abi immobilizing my arms, and Haydn a hold of my legs, I gave up. I was already breathless and the energy it would have taken to shake off Haydn, who is stronger than me, in addition to Abi would have taken much more energy than I was already using. Still, when they approached Joshua I gave one last kick so that Haydn ended up being the closest to Joshua and so most likely to get tagged. Although it would have been cool if that had happened, Joshua had already tagged another swimmer and so the game continued.

On August third, Hunter broke our “how long a human tower can stay standing” record. This is not something we time, we just knew.

img_9826On August fourth the Heffernan family (my youngest Uncle, Aunt, and cousins on my mom’s side) were in town so we spent the day with them. I had a lot of fun with John and Joel. They are six now so the usual simple answers and exaggerated facial expressions one does when talking to little kids no longer convinces them. I’m sure their IQ has shot up since we last saw them. We spent the afternoon with them at the pool. John spent most of his time atop a human tower before plunging backward into the water. Joel was usually found in the corner testing the limits of his breath-holding abilities. I was very impressed by how brave John-John was and by how long Joel could stay under the surface.

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Tea with Grandma

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IMG_4984On April 22nd the ladies at my Grandma’s church put together a mother-daughter tea party. The women in my immediate family had been to a similar event in the past and so accepted Grandma’s invitation, looking forward to making more tea-time memories.

After a savory dinner, tea was served and we were released to eat the treats that had been staring us down from their spot in the middle of the table since we arrived. Everything was delicious and the music and speeches were wonderful. I had a great time and am even more inspired then I was before to host my own tea party some day.

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Heffernan Home

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On December 21, we arrived at my Uncle John and Aunt Christina’s house. After unpacking, we spent the evening hanging out before the kids and Uncle John went caroling at a nursing home.

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On the 22nd we played Ticket to Ride before Aunt Chris, Mom, Haydn, Ansa, John, Joel, and I went to Martin Nature Park for the afternoon.

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Christmas Eve was filled with cake decorating and a lovely dinner and Christmas day, of course, was filled with present opening and the enjoyment of our gifts. Merry Christmas everyone!

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John and Joel’s 4th B-Day

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By now you probably have heard of my adorable twin cousins John and Joel. Well, this past summer they had their 4th birthday. I thought I would share some of the photos taken with you.

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Grandpa cooking corn

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John’s Silly Face

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Joel and Ansa

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Haydn & Brenden

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John & Joel watching Haydn play Mine-Craft

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The Heffernan Family

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Blowing out the Candles

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Opening Presents

A Day with John and Joel

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For about a week in June of 2014, my cousins John and Joel came east from Oklahoma. One of the days that they were in town they spent with us. They came over to our house where we played for about an hour, and then we went to the pool along with our other cousin Brendan and two of our neighbors, Josh and Ethan.

During the time that we were playing at my house I had my camera out and was clicking away. John and Joel had each taken a Nerf sword from Haydn and Ansa’s room and had found great joy in slicing away at people’s legs. It started out when John hit Ansa’s legs and she fell to the floor, playing dead. He started laughing and Joel said, “No, John! Let me do it!” They kept “killing” Ansa and then did so to everyone else as they came in. I quickly discovered that the only way to get them to stop hitting you was to fall down, as if you were dead. Even though their whacks could sometimes hurt, there was lots of laughter. Sadly, most of the pictures turned out blurry.

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John and Joel Closing in on Ansa

John and Joel Closing in on Ansa

John Shooting the Camera

John Shooting the Camera

John Killing Ansa

John Killing Ansa

Joel Killing Josh, Ethan Stopping Joel, Haydn Running Away

Joel Killing Josh, Ethan Stopping Joel, Haydn Running Away

John Killing Haydn

John Killing Haydn

Joel Closing in on Brendan

Joel Closing in on Brendan

Ethan Defending Himself

Ethan Defending Himself

Joel Taking a Break, or is He Wounded?

Joel Taking a Break, or is He Wounded?

John Attacking Ethan

John Attacking Ethan

Joel Murdering Brendan

Joel Murdering Brendan

When the twins proved to be unstoppable, the boys fled to the front yard and flew up the tree. John and Joel ran around it trying to get them. I was on the driveway taking pictures when I saw John standing by our front bushes rubbing his cheek and whimpering. I went over to him and picked him up. I tried to calm him down and asked what was wrong. Then a thought came to me. “Did you get stung by a Bumblebee?” I asked. He nodded. I took him inside and as I carried him upstairs he said, “I got stung by a Bunglebee.” I giggled at his mispronunciation of the word. I brought him to Dad and told him the situation, asking what we could do to help it. Dad said to put mustard over the sting, so I set John on Dad’s bed and dashed off to my room. I returned with a packet of Mustard and spread it over John’s sting. Then I carried him downstairs. Once hearing about John’s Bunglebee sting, everyone stopped fighting. With all the attention on him John squirmed to be put down, and I lowered him to the ground. A few minutes later I asked and he told me he felt fine.

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Modern Day Rupunzel

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Modern Day Rupunzel

One of my cousins, Caroline, has super long hair. We are sorta in a “who has the longest hair” competition. She has always been the one in the lead. Caroline wears her hair in a braid most of the time but every once in a while wears in long. I managed to capture a picture of her one of the rare days she wore it down. All of the Colberts have really long hair, even Maddie’s hair is longer then mine! All in all it is pretty cool to have a cousin who is basically modern day Rupunzel.