Cousins are one of the greatest relationships ever. I used to think it was because you get to be friends with people you wouldn't normally associate with. But after spending time with a lot of my cousins while in Arizona, I've changed my mind. I think I'd choose them all to be my friends.
Cousins are your earliest friends. They knew you during your awkward phases, poor fashion choices, temper tantrums and perms. Yet at the end of the day, you're still related. I like my cousins even better now that we're mostly grown-ups. As kids you were kind of expected to play with the cousins your age and sometimes you got along and other times you didn't. But now? age gaps are not important.
A HUGE majority of my cousins on both sides live in Arizona. And thanks to Jeff for getting married, I had them all in one place for a day. I loved having a chance to visit with them (and aunts and uncles and grandmas).
A handful of my cousins and Aunts (and uncles who ditched the party and chatted in the other room) showed up at my moms house one night after my kids were in bed. Aside from the wedding, it was the highlight of my trip. We played a rowdy game of "In the Manor of the Adverb"; a charade-type game. Spencer had us rolling with his Tyra Banks impression and the 3rd date doorstep scene he acted out with my great aunt Vicki. To be honest, everyone had us rolling. It was a fun night. (Does anyone have pictures? Can you send them my way, please?)
With cousin visits so few and far between, I kinda forgot how fantastic my extended family is. They really are the greatest.