Cousins are for life, not just for Christmas

Cousins are for life, not just for Christmas

Everything’s slipping back to normality (sob!) and after taking down the decs I’ve had a chance to sit down and sort out my photos I’ve taken over the last couple of weeks. I stumbled across this one of my tween and nephew taken on one of the rare cold, sunny days during their time with us.
I’m lucky enough to have grown up in a very close knit family and count my cousins as some of my closest friends. Through the years we’ve shared the highs and lows life sometimes throws at you, we comforted each other and shared memories at our times with our grandparents as Alzheimer’s slowly took them away, to the giggles on Christmas night games and regatta day picnics. There’s nothing better than spending time with those who bind you through family connections. We’re all completely different personalities yet throw us all together in a room and were the best of friends.
And I’m happy to say this cousin love has been handed down to my own children.
My brother, sister and I had our first Christmas Day all together in 8 years this year and our children’s count down wasn’t to the presents, it was to spending time with each other. From walks on the beach, visits to the swings, football in the park, these guys (and gal) could be anywhere just as long as they have each other.





Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall



  1. 3rd January 2015 / 1:04 pm

    Aww love this post. I’m very close to my cousins too.

  2. 3rd January 2015 / 4:32 pm

    Oh I definitely agree with you! Like you, I grew up really close to my cousins. I used to think, who needs friends, when I’ve got them? Still really close to them now even though, we’re mostly scattered all over the globe! Thank goodness for technology 😉 Anyway, hope the new year brings more happiness and blessings to you and your lovely family #countrykids.

    • 5th January 2015 / 9:49 pm

      Wow, that’s fab you’ve managed to keep close in different countries. Happy new year to you and yours too.

  3. 3rd January 2015 / 8:44 pm

    That’s great that you and your kids have great relationships with your cousins. Sadly I can’t say the same. My family is extremely disjointed and cousins are included in that. I was close to them as a kid, but as adults we’ve very much grown apart. My cousins that are sisters aren’t even close to each other anymore either.

    • 5th January 2015 / 9:48 pm

      I think living close by helps a lot, I don’t get to see some of my cousins that live far away but they’ve always had a special place in my heart, the memories I have of them are lovely.

  4. 3rd January 2015 / 9:24 pm

    I also came from a big family and grew up with my cousins (& uncles and aunts) as my playmate. I so vividly remember the sound of our laughs and cries and plays. Its chaotic in a fun way and this made me feel sad for my son as here in the UK its just the 3 of us. Dad, Mom and him. I wish that we can one day go home so that he can play with all his cousins too cuz its just so much fun =) #countrykids

    • 3rd January 2015 / 9:52 pm

      How lovely you can still remember the good times to vividly, I’m sure you’re son will love hearing your memories.

  5. 3rd January 2015 / 9:54 pm

    There is something very special about these family connections. My children love to catch up with their cousins and we always marvel at how well all the ages blend and they enjoy each other’s company. Sounds like a lovely christmas with lots of outdoor fun for all the children to enjoy. thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

    • 4th January 2015 / 8:22 am

      Youre right about the age thing, even my teenager resorts back to playing with his cousins. It’s so lovely to see.

  6. 4th January 2015 / 12:05 pm

    I wish I had a relationship like that with my cousins. They all live at opposite ends of the country, and even though I was close to one lot when we were younger, we’ve drifted apart because of the distance. Luckily, my kids are close to their cousins and I intend to keep it that way!!

    • 5th January 2015 / 9:42 pm

      I’m very lucky. I hope you manage to keep your children’s relationships with their cousins special.

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