My Baby Cousin’s Graduation

I am the second oldest cousin on my mom’s side of the family, with my brother being the eldest. Including the two of us, there are 9 of us in our generation. A couple weekends ago, my baby cousin graduated high school, and we had the perfect excuse for a mini family reunion. It’s hard to believe that he’s old enough to be a graduate! I still think of him as Piglet’s age. I know we’re not supposed to have favorites, but he is mine. He’s always been the sweetest kid, and family means the world to him.

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I’m so excited that he’s going to PSU in the fall. We are just a short drive away, and I’ve already promised him home cooked meals in exchange for babysitting. He is so good with Piglet, and Piglet thinks he’s the greatest.

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Piglet had the time of his life at my Auntie and Uncle’s house. My Uncle is my mom’s youngest brother, and also my favorite. His wife is one of those awesome aunts who plays with kids, throwing water balloons and blowing bubbles the whole time.

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When my brother and I were kids, we’d get to make special trips to come stay with them for weekends. They always made a special effort to be at our games, and all the important events in our lives. I remember when I was a teenager, telling my Aunt that I wanted a marriage like the one they had, full of love and laughter. I’m happy to say that I have that now!

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My brother got all teary eyed while toasting to Baby Cuz, telling him that his parents were amazing people, and that is one of the reasons he turned out so great, and that we all owe a lot to them.

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The only bummer of the weekend was that Match got a little bit of sun poisoning, and couldn’t stay out with us that night. My parents had offered to babysit, but he was feeling sick, so he stayed behind at the house rental with Piglet, and told me to go out with my family and have fun. It was such a great time, and I just wish Match could have been a part of it. I appreciated that he didn’t mind me still going, and I got some much needed quality time with my family. We were also able to snap this family photo of me and my brother and our parents. I think the last time we had a picture of the four of us was my brother’s high school graduation!

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We had an awesome time together, and I just wished we could have stayed one more day. We all promised to get together more, and I really hope we get to do that. Piglet is so much like Baby Cuz, in that family makes him so happy, and I don’t want him to ever lose that. Now that we’re all in the same state, hopefully we make a better effort to get together more.

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