April 2, 2012

Michigan

cousins

We spent a few days in Michigan with Jeff's sister and family and it was so nice. I left my laptop behind and that felt... wonderful. I found myself loving the idea of never opening it again, which made me all the more eager to write whenever the time presented itself. Which I guess is now.

On Saturday morning their neighborhood had an Easter egg hunt in the park across the street. It went pretty smoothly despite the gang of plastic-egg burgling squirrels who made off with quite a few themselves. They were ruthless.

When we left, Gray cried maniacally until we reached Ann Arbor, almost an hour from their house- not including our stop for gas and bottled waters where I'm sure the people at the next pump over wondered if we'd kidnapped him. It was that troubling. I guess in the end they didn't want to get involved.

He just didn't want to leave!- he wailsobbed it over and over and over. It started in their house- he had grabbed on to the dresser and then the door frame as Jeff had to physically carry him out. I remember never wanting to leave my cousins growing up. Mostly because it always meant we had to go back to reality, but in Gray's case, I'm pretty sure it mostly was because his cousins have an Xbox.

-just write

19 comments:

  1. I just choked on my water.

    LOVE IT.

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  2. oh, we've had that "smile big and try to not look menacing" while our daughter has screamed. - - so glad you had a great time!!

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  3. The Xbox is pretty awesome you know, We have one at out house my eight-year old daughter only plays it a few times weekly.

    Yep, I'm familiar with those cries... my daughter would save those cries for auto-flushing toilets. When she was younger, I dreaded seeing them. I'd pray for a manual toilet. The amount of wailing she'd do...

    My daughter dislikes being separated from her cousins too. My brother and his family live in Texas, and so most of or communication is done via Skype. It's usually evening when we log onn to chat with them, and although it's not the same as seeing each other in person, it's the next best thing. It's nice to see them getting creative via Skype. They've played hide and seek, and some other games too.

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  4. He is so precious!
    My girls each have that cry a couple of times a week. I wait for the police or DSS to come and question me. Like you said, people don't want to get involved.

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  5. Michigan is pretty great. We all have xboxes here :).

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  6. I TOTALLY know how he feels. My cousin had an awesome Barbie house. ;)

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  7. I was wondering why is eyes were swollen...he cried so much...poor guy. Yes, I remember you crying when we had to leave your cousins. It's such a hard thing to do for a little person who gets so attached.

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  8. Oh, my. So funny. Poor little guy.

    I'm happy y'all had such a wonderful time. It was good to see you pop back up in my feed. I missed you. :)

    Bri

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  9. Miles feels this way about his cousin's video gaming thingies too. He would move in if we'd let him.

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  10. Miles feels this way about his cousin's video gaming thingies too. He would move in if we'd let him.

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  11. Your kids are so cut! Glad you had fun in my home state! I, too, am from about an hour from Ann Arbor, so I'm deciding in my head that you were hanging out in my old neighborhood. :-)

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  12. Miles feels this way about his cousin's video gaming thingies too. He would move in if we'd let him.

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  13. Oh, we just had a similar experience. Went to cousin's for the weekend, except it was Haven who, when asked by my SIL if she wanted to just stay there and live with them, said without blinking, YES. And while (miraculously) no tears were involved, she did mutter as we buckled her into her carseat, "I don't want to go to my house."
    And, remembering all the work I left piled up back at home, I can't say I disagreed w/ her ; )

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  14. Oh how hard it is to leave the cousins, and the Xbox. Although in our case it's a Wii and my 4yo doesn't quite get how wonderful it is...yet. But never-the-less she has a crying fit every time we leave.

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  15. That is hilarious. Poor Gray. Come to Austin...we have a Wii ;)

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  16. I grew up in Michigan. It has a special place. Although too cold for me. Glad you had a great time.

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  17. Ohmygoodness. I can SO relate. My son is just like Gray. ;) Glad it's not just us!

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  18. Oh, for the love of cousins and an xbox!

    (And yes, for the closing of the computer, it allows breath into our writing, yes?)

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