Cousins At The Cabin

The Sullivan cousins enjoyed a warm Labor Day weekend at the cabin.  It’s so much fun to watch the kids, ages four to fourteen, hang out together and get along so well.  They stayed busy with swimming, boating, tubing and fishing.  The weather was gorgeous Friday and most of Saturday.  They even put on their swimsuits and continued the water activities on Sunday when the temperatures were only in the 60’s and the kids next door were in sweatshirts.

The weekend began in true Sullivan style with a bit of drama on the way to the cabin.  We left early Thursday evening and came across some nasty weather.  Fortunately, we were slower leaving our house than we had planned and came across its destructive path after the fact.  The system went through a rural area and a small tornado knocked down trees and did some minor damage to buildings.  We saw some amazing skies and although I wanted to stop and get my camera out to take photos, Mike didn’t pause our journey for picture-taking.  I did catch some of the clouds on my iPhone while we were on the move including this one of dark clouds looming over a farm.


It was completely dark out by the time we got to the cabin.  Mike swerved around branches and debris on the road.  We also had to stop on the dirt road to the cabin to pull tree branches off our path from a fallen tree.  We also saw an owl catching a small rodent and fly up into a tree.  Quite an eventful evening and the weekend was yet to begin.

The first morning when we got up, Sophia found a very small frog.

Tiny Frog

Then it was time for some water activities.


All at once…


Here’s the way NOT to go tubing…


Let the fishing begin…

Looking For The Big One
Got Em’
Taking Credit
Two Big Ones
The Cousins’ Catch

We took the annual “Cousins on the Dock” photo.

Cousins 2013

See how they’ve grown…

Cousins 2012
Cousins 2011

We missed a year at the cabin, but this is from 2010.

Cousins 2010 (Not at the Cabin & Max Was Napping)
Cousins 2009
Cousins 2008

We’re already looking forward to next year!

Fall Baseball, Flag Football, Swimming Like A Fish & Furry Friends

We have had a full schedule of sports this fall.  Sebastian will be finishing up the last of his UMD fall baseball clinics this weekend.  Flag football runs through October and Sophia has been working on her swimming skills at the YMCA pool.  We had a perfect day for Sebastian’s baseball scrimmage this past Sunday.  Warm and sunny – it couldn’t have been a nicer day.

Batter Up
On Base
Playing 3rd Base

Sophia stayed busy during Sebastian’s game with her new hula hoop (and wearing my sunglasses).

Hula Girl

Sebastian finished the day with a flag football practice.  Then on Monday he headed back to the field and played a flag football game.  It was an awesome night for football and we had a bonus with Mike filling in as coach.

Game Plan
Reviewing The Play
Ready To Make Some Plays
Time For Action
From The Sidelines

I did catch some of the action, but was a bit distracted by this…

Boxer Puppy

Sophia didn’t actually see any of the game.  One of the opposing team’s parents brought their new puppy to the game.  Sophia was too busying playing with this little gal to care what was happening on the field.  She cuddled her, pet her and wrapped her up in our blanket to keep warm.

Watching The Game
Lap Dog

Sophia eventually gave her back to the owners when we had to leave.  She is convinced that Daphne needs a friend and that we should get a boxer puppy too.  Umm, yeah…that’s not going to happen any time soon.  Sorry Sophia.

p.s.  Mike did a great job coaching and Sebastian’s team won the game, holding the other team to only one touchdown.  Officially this is only a rec league and they don’t keep track of scores, but Mike and Sebastian always keep track.  They can’t help it.