A couple of weeks ago, my boys had the pleasure of meeting their closest-in-age cousins because they came to visit us! My eldest son barely remembered when the eldest two cousins came to visit (the middle cousin was just a wee baby), but my youngest son didn’t remember them at all, and we’ve never met the youngest, who is three-years-old (you can see him on the far right in the photo), and he’s the most delightful and articulate three-year-old I’ve ever met!

So I had five little boys in my house for a whole week!! I thought it might turn out to be a bit overwhelming, but actually, I never tired the whole time they were here. I was just so happy to have company, and I love little boys beyond belief. (I’m sure this has something to do with my two boys.)

It was the ultimate playdate for my two boys. Almost one week of non-stop playing and/or interacting (minus one day they went to visit other family members). What’s that? About 10 hours a day?! That’s got to be the equivalent to a year of regular bi-weekly playdates, right?!

We went to the Tellus Science Museum, fishing at my aunt’s place, spent a day at Harris Shoals Park, and of course they played at my home and made use of all our toys and gadgets. It was great fun.

I was a little worried that it would be difficult for my children to get back into their regular routine after their cousins left, and I was right. That first day was pretty solemn, and I could tell both the boys were sad. My nine-year-old recovered faster, but I think it took my six-year-old a good three days before he could go back to entertaining himself.

I can remember feeling very sad when I was young after a long, fun visit with a relative too. But getting together is still important, and I hope we can keep the bonds that my boys formed with their cousins strong.

If you are needing to teach your child at home due to the school closures, feel free to ask me any questions. Don’t try to replicate school or my homeschool! Take some time to relax. You’ll figure it out. See my latest posts for more advice. I am here for you.

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