These are pictures we took of Annikah with her cousins this week. I drove out to the burbs to visit Jorie (jason's awesome sister) and her two little boys; Joel and Silas. After trying for most of our visit to get at least one good photo of the three of them we realized this was a futile task. An exercise in ludricisy (is that even a word?) if you will. Trying to get one baby to sit still and smile is monumental and then add an almost 3 year old and a one year old and ..... well lets put it this way we are lucky we got them in the same frame. It was a blast to see them though. As always I enjoy Joel's intelligent and hilarious quips. Highlights include when he eats something and states " hmmm, that feels kinda tasty" and when he asks to come to "ca-go (Chicago) and see the trains (el in our front window)." While I was there Joel asked me to play hide and seek and frankly I am worried he is missing the concept a bit. He hides and then proceeds to laugh and make noises the whole time I am looking for him. He really needs to grow in his hiding skills. His seeking on the other hand in quite impressive (but it isn't hard to find a gal who is 5 foot 11 inches and holding a squirming baby). It is blessing to have family close by and to be able to share and compare stories from the trenches of baby parenting. We salute you Jorie and Mark!