Kenny’s sister and her two boys came into town from California last week for a little vacation before school starts. They arrived early on Tuesday evening and came straight to our house for a short visit and quick dinner. Aunt Debbie just had to meet Rory.
Remember how obsessed Riley was with Nicholas last year? Well, when his oldest cousin first walked in the door, Riley got really shy and turned bright red. He just loves him.
Both Nick and James were so patient and willing with the wonk potatoes, following him around and doing whatever he asked them to do. At one point as they were walking down the hall to our room per Riley’s instructions, Nicholas looked back and said to Kenny, “He’s so cute!” Awww.
As they always do when they’re in town, Deb and the boys (and Grandma and Grandpa) headed to the farm for a few days. And they didn’t just lounge around while they were up there. They actually worked on and completed a project: they built a bridge! Very cool.
We all came together again on Saturday in Baton Rouge for Zac’s seventh birthday party. Jaimi went with a “hot dog” theme this year and, as usual, everything was super cute. Even their dog Beau was part of the decorations.
Aunt Debbie got to spend lots of time with the little one, who was in a great mood most of the day. And the big kids got to do a fun craft: they made their own puppy dog out of a plastic cup, foam shapes, and felt scraps. Riley, being Riley, named his “Tree Limb.” (Don’t ask me; I have no idea where he came up with that.)
It was a great party. Riley got to play with lots of new toys and hang with his cousins, Kenny and I enjoyed catching up with his fam, and the birthday boy seemed to have a good time. There was even green ice cream for Riley to try!
The next day we gathered one last time, at our house for a crab boil. In all the times we’ve boiled since I’ve been around Kenny’s family, it’s always been crawfish.
His family were the ones that taught me how to peel and eat crabs, but this was the first time I had seen them being boiled. Not all that much different from crawfish and just as tasty.
I still prefer crawfish to crabs (the latter is much more work to eat way less food), but they were really good. And I was glad we got to spend even more time with Deb and the boys on their last day in town. It’s always good to see them; I really wish they lived closer. However, I am already excited about taking a trip out to California to visit them once Riley and Rory are old enough. That will be fun.
It seems like just yesterday that all of the cousins were together at Zac’s fifth birthday party…..
…..only now there’s one more cousin. And the rest of them are bigger.
A lot bigger.
So glad y’all found time to come see us…..come back soon!