One of my favorite things about our Thanksgiving trip to California was watching the Bubbers man with his cousins.

Since he’s only a baby, and all he can do is squeal and spit-up, I didn’t think the other kids would pay much attention to him, but boy was I wrong!

The first night we were there, Bubbers had trouble falling asleep with all the merry chaos that ensues whenever my huge family gets together, so we got him up to be with everyone.

Since his life is typically quiet and serene, the merry chaos was utterly fascinating to him.

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(Pay no attention to the man behind the baby).

Charming handed Bubbers off to my sister to hold, and I sat back and watched the magic unfold.

Within minutes, this little Reese Witherspoon look alike walked up to Bubbers in my sister’s arms and smiled.

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Holy smokes, what more could the Bubbers man want in life?

THEN Reese’s cute older sister came along (with baby brother in tow), sat next to Bubbers and asked with great interest, “Who’s he?

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Bubbers was surrounded the whole night by mothering females (with baby brother in tow) and I didn’t hear him complain once.

The next day, I figured the initial interest would wear off, but I was wrong again!

Reese’s cute older sister (with baby brother in tow) spent the whole weekend glued to Bubbers’ side .

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“Can I touch his face?” she’d ask me, reaching for Bubbers’ face.

“No,” I’d answer, redirecting her hand, “But you can touch his feet.”

“Can I hold him?” she’d ask me.

Dubiously, I shook my head and said, “Um, I don’t think you can hold two babies at the same time… But thanks for asking, you’re so sweet.”

(I tell you what, this girl is destined to be one fabulous mother of many, many babies!)


When adorable females weren’t mothering him, Bubbers enjoyed hanging out with the baby brother (when he wasn’t in tow).

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I especially loved the two other babies there.

When Bubbers was asleep, I stole them and snuggled them close.

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Check out those incredible eyes! Boy, I thought Bubbers had large eyes until I saw this guy.

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And get a load of this darling little two-week-old man.

I can still feel his soft hair and precious little cuddle. Sigh.


Before church on Sunday, another one of Reese’s cute older sisters (Reese has a lot of cute older sisters) showed Bubbers her puppy.

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Bubbers was sick and not going to church, so this was just the thing to lift his spirits.

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Bubbers, you are one lucky little man with some very awesome cousins!


p.s. I also have to include a picture of my Mom cooking for our small army with her beautiful helpers.

Just the thought of cooking a Thanksgiving dinner for 24 people (which isn’t even all of us!) scares the bejeebers out of me.

Not only did she do it, she did it with grace, poise and mouth-watering skill. Thanks, Mom!

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Hello! My name is Heidi. I went to college and got a couple degrees. Then I worked as a Speech-language Pathologist for two years until Bubbers came along. While I loved my job and working with kids, I love my job as a mom best. I started a blog because I love to write. I’ve written stories my whole life. Deep down inside my heart, I secretly dream to be published in paper someday. Until then, I’m publishing for y’all and hope you enjoy it! Here are a few of my latest posts...

4 thoughts on “Cousins

  1. Happy Thanksgiving Heidi & Fam!! Looks like a great trip. Loved the pretty pics of the mountains – oh how I miss those! Glad bubbers got lots of quality time with his cousins. And Heidi – you and your sisters all have the exact same smile! Made me miss all of you.

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