We spent the afternoon with the Sugar Snaps' first cousins twice removed. One is a biological cousin and the other is a cousin by marriage. Confused? I was. It made perfect sense to my husband Greg and now, thanks to his explanation and this handy diagram on Wikipedia, I get it. Greg's Dad was Nina's first cousin which makes Greg her first cousin once removed. Our children are Nina's first cousins twice removed.
I think it was hard for the Sugar Snaps to understand that they can have more than one cousin. They think our niece Emma is their only cousin (though they will later learn that they have several). They seemed a little puzzled when we explained that Nina and Jerry are their cousins. Nina jokingly asked them who was their favorite first cousin twice removed as she passed out animal crackers.
She had their undivided attention.
They were captivated by Jerry's watch that made rooster sounds.
Capri made dozens of trips to the dry creek bed to find pebbles.
Capri brought over pebbles from the dry creek bed one at a time which kept her entertained for quite a while. She later played "clean-up" and returned them all. It was a nice afternoon. We started out by going to a local Mexican restaurant. The Sugar Snaps are always happy and entertained when they have chips and individual salsas. There is something about dips that they find enchanting. Then, we spent time at Nina and Jerry's house. They are warm and wonderful people and we feel very fortunate to have them in our lives. Does your family get together with extended family? I'd love to read your stories in the comments. Feel free to leave links to your posts about family connection if you have them.