Our Annual Cousin Ski Trip

Once a year, the roads of many of my dearest loved ones converge in Salt Lake City. My crazy relatives fly in from all over the country to spend a few days snowboarding, eating and hanging out in a giant vacation home (there was a lofted bedroom above the jacuzzi/shower in the master bathroom…very weird but noteworthy?). We visit the Utah Bradshaw clan and shenanigans ensue. I spend time with beloved friends. Continue reading “Our Annual Cousin Ski Trip”

A Thanksgiving Cousin Cornucopia

Been thinking all week about what to write; there are so many things I am deeply thankful for. But, in the end all I wanted to  do was look at my pictures over and over again.

This week was all about cousins and family. I have been so very blessed in this department! I’m just going to leave the pictures here for future viewing pleasure. It’s been a beautiful week.

Hiking Ranch San Antonio: California cousins forced East Coast Cousin Cathy outdoors into NATURE.

Hiking Castle Rock: More forced nature-ing for Cousin Cathy.

Thanksgiving feast: So much delicious food and good people!

Cousin Camping Trip

About one month ago, we had an epic weekend camping at Butano State Park with a few of my cousins and their families. I loved watching Carter play with his bigger cousins. He sang “Shut Up and Dance” karaoke to them in their tent. They found over 100 banana slugs. They climbed logs and ate marshmallows. Carter’s sweet cousins took such good care of him.

Also, lesson learned. Camping with other kids makes life so much more relaxing for me and Andy. We had an amazing time. We hope this is a tradition we continue for many years to come!

A Cousin Wedding Reunion

Every few years, my family gets to reunite at a family wedding. I look forward to our family gatherings with gleeful anticipation; reunions with my 22 Chen cousins are always sprees of unfiltered, face-stuffing fun and laughs.

This year, we gathered to celebrate my cousin Spencer’s wedding in DC.

We took a red-eye (with a layover!) to DC. This is how we felt afterwards:


Nevertheless, we powered through the day. Naturally, our first stop was for fatty sweets; we stopped at Baked and Wired for some yummy cupcakes. Then, we pushed on at the National Zoo. I got it into my head that needed to see Bao Bao, the panda, and it was worth it!

The wedding day included a cousin brunch, the wedding ceremony, and hallelujah! a cousin trip to Cafe Rio, which apparently exists in DC. Carter loved loved loved playing with all his cousins. Andy and I loved the older cousins who took care of Carter for us!

All I can say is this wedding had a Star Wars theme, a Star Wars cake and blinking light sabers on the dance floor. Also, the happy coupled danced to the lantern song from Tangled and there was a little kid karaoke of “Let it Go” from Frozen. So, basically this wedding ruled, even though my pictures didn’t.

After the wedding, we pulled off another marathon day starting with a cousin brunch (surprise surprise), church, the Air and Space Museum – where Carter continued his tradition of pooping outside National landmarks – a failed attempt to see more National landmarks (it was too hot), shuttling people to the airport and then dinner with my aunts and uncles. Carter loved sleeping at “Ava baby’s house” and playing with her…and all of her toys.

I feel so blessed to have such an amazing and tight-knit group of cousins. I can’t imagine life without them. I can’t wait until the next family wedding! Who’s up?