10 Reasons Why Your Cousins Are Your Built-In Best Friends

10 Reasons Why Your Cousins Are Your Built-In Best Friends

We are cousins, we are family, we are best friends

My cousins are both younger than me, but that doesn’t change anything. My cousins are so much fun to be with and I love spending time with them. No matter what we do, we always have a blast. I am so lucky to have them, and they will always be something I'm grateful for.

Cousins are built in-best friends and there are many reasons why.

1.You are alike

We share common interests and enjoy the same activities, which makes spending time together that much more fun.

2.You know exactly what to do to make each other laugh or smile

When you’re feeling down or upset, your cousins are always there to turn your frown upside down. They always know what to do to make you laugh and how to cheer you up.

3. You get to do things you enjoy, such as beach days together

We all love beach days and get to enjoy them together, which makes the beach even better.

4. You can act yourself around your cousins

You can be as crazy and hyper as you want, and chances are they will act the same.

5. They put up with your weird and craziness

Typically, we are crazy when we are all together and always have a blast. But, if I’m being too crazy, they still put up with me.

6. They keep your secrets

We tell each other secrets, and we know we can always trust one another.

7. Family vacations together

I will never forget the time we went away for a night and stayed up late singing, dancing and laughing till our stomachs hurt.

8. You have your inside jokes

The things we have come up with that only we understand. Other people question what we are talking about!

9. You can be yourself

You don’t have to worry about impressing them, or acting differently in front of them. You can just be yourself, and they will still love you for who you are.

10. You love each other unconditionally

We are cousins, we are family, we are best friends. We will always have that special bond that could never be replaced. Our love for each other is something I will always be thankful for.

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The Pros and Cons of Living in a Big Household

There are nine people living in my house and it gets rocky.

After my first semester of college, I decided to take a break and move 45 minutes away from campus to live with my aunt and uncle. Their three children (my cousins) and I were super close growing up and we remain that way today. I knew living in a house with 5 people in it already was going to be different than the dorm life I had grown accustomed to, but I didn't know how different. There are many things I love and hate about living with my extended family.

First of all, there are generally 5 women in this house, including myself. My cousin's girlfriend stays with us quite a lot, along with my aunt and her two daughters being permanent residents.

Having 5 women in the house means a whole lot of hair brushes and products, makeup, PMS, and laundry. Not to mention the three teenagers are close to the same size in clothes, so we all share everything. While having my makeup and clothes stolen by these girls gets tiring, there's no one else I'd rather have girl time with. These 4 other women are my closest friends. I can come to them with any problem and they know just how to fix it. They are some of my biggest supporters, too.

With an average of 8 to 9 people in the house at one time, there's going to be a ton of laundry to do. We fight over the shower, but luckily we have two bathrooms. Dinners are the best. The table is overflowing with hungry kids. The food is amazing and we always have a lot of it. The only two men in the house are our fiercest protectors and the greatest handymen.

We fight and yell and get on each others' nerves. Sometimes the house is a mess (most of the time really). There will always be blanket stealing and arguing over who gets to use the TV. Finding a few moments of silence is a rarity, but when things are quiet it feels weird. There are pros and cons to every situation, but in this case the pros outweigh the cons. There's no one else I'd rather stay up all night with, or share meals with, or fight over the shower with.

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To My Cousins, In The New Year

I love you all

To my cousins in the new year,

I am writing this mostly because I am horrible at verbal words. I think we all know that. I think the last time I told you all how much I actually care was last Christmas, but also because I am realizing how fast time is actually going by. It’s as if I blinked, and 10 years flew by. As we grow older and move in our own directions, I have a few things I wanted to make sure you know.

First, and foremost, I am incredibly grateful for all of you. I grew up with some of the best people I could have ever imagined. We have been through a lot as a family, and I firmly believe that I could not have made it through my life without you. You are all such wonderful individuals, and I have had the best 19 years of my life with you. From playing Power Rangers in the church as kids to being grown and never being able to take good pictures. Even at Danielle and Branden’s wedding. I cherish every single slightly unorganized memory. I also want to tell you that I have learned more than I could have ever imagined from you. You all have taught me lessons on strength, courage, finding humor in hard times, being myself, and countless other things. I don’t think you realize just how incredible it was to be able to learn with and from you without even realizing that was the case.

In this coming year, I hope that we only grow closer and continue to support each other in the way we always have despite the distance and time between us. I also hope to continue to learn and grow with you, go to family Sky Zone dates, and take horrible family photos every single holiday. I know sometimes we argue and we post embarrassing things on the internet, and we send obnoxious Snapchats (I’m looking at you, Tony and Christian).

To be quite frank, there have been times when I was pretty certain that I wanted to push all of you onto a deserted island and leave you there, but I also know I would miss you more than I would like to admit. I hope that things between us never change because I will always need all of you in my life. I will always be grateful for the tribe of beautiful individuals I was blessed with. Continue to be your weird selves and embrace the organized chaos that is our family. Know that I will always be here to provide you the sass you never knew you needed, but with a lot of love behind all of it. I am not even sure you all will even read this, but in the off chance you do, I love all of you unconditionally.

Here's to you, my forever friends.

I love you always.


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