Shortly after we returned from our Idaho summer – my brother and his family were in town for a family reunion and they extended their stay a few days to spend some time with us. Broken record: We love visitors!

The only bad thing about summer visitors is being limited to water activities – and even then there’s serious melting taking place! Our pool was used non-stop: morning swimming, after lunch swimming, before dinner swimming and movies in the pool.

Summer Cousins

Summer Cousins

Summer Cousins

We made it to a local waterpark one afternoon with no photographic proof.

And because there is never enough time in the water – we made it to the lake with Steve’s brother. You can imagine our disappointment when we woke all the kids up to make it to my brother-in-laws by 7am, only to have raindrops fall on our windshield as we drove away from his house. Rain wasn’t in the forecast, but it started coming down hard. But rain doesn’t typically stick around in this area so we figured by the time we got to the lake it would blow over. Wrong again. It rained and rained. We sat in the cars for over a half hour waiting for the clouds to part. We were ready to call it a day.

My brother-in-law said he was willing to take us out in the rain – we were going to get wet anyway right?! We loaded in the boat and started our adventure. The rain stuck around for a while, but we stuck it out even longer and enjoyed a beautiful morning on the lake, with no one else in sight!

Summer Cousins

Summer Cousins

Summer Cousins

Summer Cousins

Summer Cousins

Summer Cousins

And because I want my kids to see me in the water having fun and participating – I got on the tube at the mercy of my brother-in-law. We had a great time and my arms were sore the next day. My last time on this boat, with my brother visiting resulted in 8 stitches after my wake surfing lesson went bad! As you can imagine, I was a little nervous to get back in that water!

Summer Cousins

And thanks to our beautiful monsoon weather we enjoyed sunset after beautiful sunset.

Summer Cousins

Hallie and her cousin happen to have matching pajama pants which is perfect for their cousin sleepover. And I obliged to take a picture of their matchy-ness.
Summer Cousins
What I don’t have pictures to document is all the visits we made to the Soda Shop for soda and cookies, late night games night after night, frozen yogurt runs and the cleaning and organizing my sister-in-law helped me accomplish. She is a machine and she is good at what she does. My goal was to have her help me with the laundry room while she was visiting. But before that could be done, the guest closet needed purging and organizing, and then the laundry room, which led to the bathroom, hall closet, Cannon’s closet and other cabinets and drawers. Do you really need this? Why isn’t this with that? Do you need this many? Where do you actually use this? Do you have a bin this can go in? Let’s run to Target. I’m ready for another visit from the organizing fairy – now that its cooler, I’m ready to tackle the garage!