Last night, I had some of my very favorite people over to my house for our annual Dolphens Cousins Girls’ Night! Though not every Dolphens girl cousin was able to attend (We missed you Katie, Tami, Lindsay, and Kayla; Time to move to Omaha, Jessica and Rachel!), the five of us who were here had a fantastic time. Through our very casual (I’m talking pajama pants and no lip gloss) yet so-much-fun evening, I came to a few realizations:
1.) The Dolphens family really likes cheese. Weird first realization, but with the exception of Megan (who brought deviled eggs, which didn’t really fit the “appetizers and pjs” theme, but we enjoyed them anyway), everyone else brought something with cheese in it. We had beer cheese dip, swiss cheese dip, cream cheese dip (x2), and actual sliced cheese! Luckily, cheese goes well with wine.
2.) We are hilarious. Now, we may or may not (most likely not) be hilarious to other people, but to one another? Tears-running-down-the-face funny. In fact, it’s why I intentionally wore water-proof mascara yesterday. I know my cousins well.
3.) We can say anything to each other. We talked about silly little things and terribly important things. From recurring nightmares (which had some very strange and eery similarities among sisters) to marriage and children, there was only one lull in the conversation (due to each of us eating some type of cheesy app).
4.) Big families are the greatest. I have always loved having a plethora of cousins. From the time we were little kids, it was so much fun to go to family parties and see all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins (and of course, our wonderful grandparents!). It’s especially wonderful when the majority of your big family lives in town. We still get together as a big Dolphens clan, and no matter how old we get, we have an absolute blast.
5.) We all take after our incredible mothers. It’s in our looks, our mannerisms, and our laughs, but most of all, it’s in who we are. Each of my cousins has become the amazing woman she is through the influence of her equally amazing mom (and our awesome dads too, of course!).
6.) I am very, very blessed to have these women in my life. Enough said.
Thanks for a wonderful Girls’ Night, ladies! Who’s planning the next?