Saturday, March 23, 2013
Spring break has officially started, even though it doesn't look like spring here in beautiful Baraboo, Wisconsin. My brother's yard is still covered in a blanket of snow, and while it is beautiful to look at from inside in front of the fireplace, it would be nice to see greening trees and perhaps a crocus or two peeking out through new grass.
However, I'll be keeping my glass half-full this spring break, and so far the best part our our mini-getaway has been listening to the four kids play together. With the exception of a few howls of pain coming from the other room, most of the noise from the kids, ages 7-11, has been laughter. My two girls and my nephews play incredibly well together, especially now that the youngest is old enough to keep up with the other three. They invent all kind of games together; right now they are upstairs, probably building something out of legos or the giant wooden blocks. While I'm curious to know about the game they've invented, I'm also loathe to go upstairs and spoil the mood.
I treasure these days my girls get to spend with their cousins. Not just because Kyle & Kris have the best couches for snuggling in and reading in front of a raging fire on a cold afternoon or because Kyle cooks my favorite foods when we come to visit. More than that, it is the low-key atmosphere that lets the kids just spend time playing together and having fun. They see each other about 5 times a year, whenever we can find time in our busy schedules to make our way to Baraboo and then when they all go away to camp together in the summer. They are together often enough that their relationship is easy and they fall right into games they've played before but also allows for the invention of new ones. I love that when we're here at "Uncle Kyle's farm" they can all go run around outside and I don't have to worry about anyone being hit by a car or wandering off with a stranger; I just have to remind my girls to stay away from the donkey and not to go too far into the woods.
The kids decided to take a break from playing to take a picture:
I love these kids!