This weekend we had the special treat of a visit from Gordon's brother Gabe and his family. Gabe, Que, Valora and Sera made the trek to Somerville from New Jersey on Thursday night. It was really fun to see the three cousins playing together. Lily is old enough now to "hang out" with them and she really enjoyed herself. Valora is going to be 4 years old in a little over a week and Sera is going on 2.5. Valora did a great job taking care of Lily and including her in their play. Sera was mostly amused at what a messy eater Lily is. Snack time was punctuated by lots of cries of "eeeewwww" and "her face! her face!" as Lily enthusiastically ate her yogurt.
I was home on Friday so I took the gang to the Museum of Science while Gordon was working. We played around in the main museum and then spent some time in the Discovery Center. After the museum we landed at the Cheesecake Factory for lunch. Valora's favorite part of the day was the giant lite bright in the discover center. She "put in only the red ones, no other color". Sera's favorite part of the day was "Chicken!" - and lest you be misled she means the chicken she ATE for lunch, not the cute chicks we saw hatching at the museum. I suspect Lily's favorite part was the water table at the discovery center - the three of them splashed and "fished" there for awhile. After Gordon got home we all went to Blue Fin for dinner - mmmm sushi. The girls were great and someone even asked if Sera and Lily were twins - ha ha.
Saturday started with a big old breakfast of dutch babies followed by a trip to the park. Turns out it was a little cold for that. The girls got some outside time on the back deck staging horrific ride-on toy accidents for Uncle Gordon to photograph. There was also some holding hands and dancing in a circle singing the Ranma theme song. I wish we had gotten that on tape. Gordon and Gabe went rock climbing during nap time and came back with makings for dinner. We put together a yummy chicken and rice dish with zucchini, butternut squash an baked artichoke for accompaniments. Sunday morning we said goodbye with a brunch at Soundbites in Ball Square.
We had a great time and can't wait to see them all again really soon. Lily is so lucky to have such great cousin/playmates.