We spent the rest of our days on Long Island hanging out with Gamma and Pop-Pop, and even had some of Gamma’s famous homemade pasta sauce. Mmmm…

Seriously folks, it doesn’t get better than Gamma’s sauce.

And you better believe Cadence was deliriously excited to finally meet her cousins TJ and Tyler in person. After all the months looking at their pictures, learning to say their names, flying on two airplanes to New York, and waiting for them to get home from their vacation in Montauk, she couldn’t wait to play with them!

Of course, they all immediately wanted to jump in the pool…

Of course Cadence couldn’t stay in the shallow end once she saw her cousins going down the big slide and jumping off the diving board. I handed my camera over to Michele and chased after my child, trying to catch her before she climbed all the way to the top of the slide by herself. I could barely hang onto her long enough for Steven to swim over to catch her. Crazy girl!

And after that, she decided it was time to try the diving board. This time, she had a little help from Aunt Michele…

And then she decided to go back to jumping to Daddy from the side…

We did manage to get the kids dried off and inside to play for a bit. Cadence and Tyler had a blast playing with toy cars and coloring pictures together while TJ headed out to Best Buy with Steven to return a cell phone charger. Seriously, how cute are these two??

And then it was back outside to enjoy the rest of the afternoon…

And a few friends even dropped by to visit…

The kids played ball…

…gave Ninja lessons…

…explored the yard…

…searched the sky for airplanes…

…gave spy lessons…

…and danced with favorite stuffed animals…

All in all, we had some serious Long Island fun!

About the Author Lori Romano

I am a writer, photographer, wife, mother, dog owner, half-assed housekeeper and a self-proclaimed coffee and chocolate addict. One day, I will write a book.

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