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“Cousins”

All the cousins. All 10 of them. Complete chaos. My favorite.

More pictures with my family of origin. Playing in water in panties. Ira snuggling with my mom (all the heart eyes!). My brother John and I with our Granny photo bombing us in the background. Seeing my siblings and their spouses love on my people makes me love them all the much more! My Dad kept us all fed and fat. Maeve's heart broke when she had to say goodbye to Theia. And I left seriously considering moving to Calgary.

Hey, I miss my family. Covid has been really hard. My brother and his family ended up coming to Calgary for the last week of our trip because my Gramma went into the hospital. They wanted to see her before she passed. It was an odd, "I'm so happy to see you and I'm so sad for the reason it's possible." But truly, it was an absolute delight to spend time with all my family.

It's hard to coordinate schedules during summer and that's kind of what happened with the Larsens. Their Gabriola trip coincided with the first week of our trip to Calgary and then they came home the same day we went to Banff... So we made sure to reserve a chill day with them the day before Cora had her surgery. I love to just be with my family. The Larsens are some of my favorite people! It was so nice to see their new home and spend time with them. After dinner, I French braided Cora's hair before her surgery. It reminded me of when my sister, Alanna, had brain surgery and I braided her hair before she went in for surgery. Both experiences were tender and special for me.

Before we knew John, Allison and kids were coming to town, my mom asked for pics of at least 8/10 grandkids. These kiddos had so much fun together! One day, my sister Kim and I went out to lunch with just Ira. Holly and Greta watched Maeve and Kim's kids (E was napping), and it was so nice to just be with my sister.

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