One of the best things about having cousins so close in age is the sheer volume our family is capable of creating when together.
Well. If not the best thing, that is perhaps the most noticeable thing.
No, perhaps the best thing is that all the children are at a similar phase in life, interested in similar things. They nap around the same time, eat around the same time, go to bed around the same time. They all love similar toys and books. They are a crew of built-in friends.
On Valentine's Day, all five Hancock grandchildren had a sleepover at Andi and Boo's.
They ate supper, raced each other through the house, danced while Boo played guitar, and played trains, trains, trains, trains.
Just before bed:
(I feel a lot of sad feelings about Henry and Carter being one size from being too big for footie pajamas)
Oh, Samuel. Always the life of the party.
After the shot above, Ella went down at the four left standing had Andi read them approximately 27 books. Then they let me rock and sing to them. All at once :) Then all three boys sat on their beds in "the boy room" and chatted their little hearts out. I expected to have to remind them to stay in be or stay quiet...but they just quietly talked for the longest time. I remember nights spent with cousins, chatting late at night. What a precious gift for these kiddos to share the same.
The next morning, everyone helped make pink, heart-shaped pancakes.
Except the girls :) They supervised from the rug.
Henry was the expert with the heart-shaped cookie cutter.
After the pancakes, the littles danced the top edge of the sugar from the syrup off.
Pretty soon, we will have six Hancock cousins under five. It's a party, and I'm glad to be invited :)