Ahh, the 4th Annual President’s Day weekend family trip to Buena Vista.  It’s nothing that any sane individual would consider a relaxing vacation given that there were 11 kids (7 of them 6 years old and under). But once you learn to live with the white noise (read: screaming children) it turns out to be such a fun, easygoing weekend.

Maybe it’s because we kick it off with birthday presents. Who doesn’t like presents???

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The giggles from riding Uncle Mike’s knee doesn’t hurt (although it might hurt Uncle Mike’s knee…)

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Luke’s newest game is on demand drawing. Basically, he demands that you draw whatever he asks and well, you do it.

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You’ll notice a distinct lack of ‘sledding action’ photos compared to the previous years. I don’t know what it was but we were all just a little lazier this year (well I certainly was anyway). But while the ‘big kids’ went out on the hill, we ventured out with the little ones into the great wild (backyard). And look what I found…a baby seal!

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Then his momma came along…

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After 25 minutes of stuffing them into their winter gear I brought Jack and Luke out and plopped them in the snow. Jack was in hog heaven. Luke on the other hand, was a bit bewildered.

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Jack played King of the snow pile endlessly with cousin Tommy

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And 10 minutes later not much had changed with Luke. He literally hadn’t moved an inch.

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Aunt Jackie made a little sledding hill.

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Give this woman a little caffeine and watch her go!

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The boys took turns soaring scooting down the hill.

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Love these boys.

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The littlest guys and I went inside.  I needed to refuel and apparently, so did this little beggar.

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And then there’s this guy. It always looks like this people.

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Meanwhile, Aunt Jackie led the crusade to build this guy.

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Later we did some more birthday celebrating. Those would be homemade cupcakes and cream-puffs…all gluten free and crazy good.

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Wanna know how to be the most popular cousin in the room? One word: ipad

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That is, until the others get smart enough to raid their parents stash and get their own electronic.

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Daddy daughter nap.

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Some neighbors came to visit

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What a site. When it snows up here it just feels right – so cozy.

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A little Netflix never hurts

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And well, more electronics.

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You’ll notice that boy child of mine is in every one of these photos with a tablet, phone or whatever. He’s still shaking from the withdrawals 5 days later. Go figure – the 2 year old.

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I mean, even the American Girl dolls were glued to the screen!

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But please be assured, these kids played hard.  They ran, jumped, used their imaginations, fought, hugged and well – dog-piled at the bottom of the stairs.

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Gotta love cousins.