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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8 Things You Learn Living With Your Cousin In College

You can't live without them.

1. You two are very different

Gone are the days when your family would buy you two the same gift in different colors. One of you might be the clean freak. Maybe one of you consistently stumbles in at 2 o'clock in the morning. Whatever the case might be, you two aren't the dynamic duo that your grandparents lumped you together to be.

2. Communication is key

This is with pretty much any roommate, but while you two might be close, your cousin can't read your mind. If you need to talk to them about something, talk to them. Assuming isn't a good look and it could cause a rift in your relationship. Nobody wants to deal with that at the family reunion, 10 years later.

3. It's nice to have someone there to remind you of important family stuff

When you're in college, you have a lot on your plate. It can be hard to keep track of your days. It's a life-saver when you live with someone that reminds you that it's your aunt's birthday.

4. It's fun to live with your built-in best friend

Growing up, my aunt babysat me all the time. This meant that my cousin and I were together pretty often. Sure, we would argue like crazy, but we could put our differences aside for a while to play with Barbie Dolls. They're your built-in best friend!

5. Fights evaporate in 2 seconds

Another problem that college can bring is stress. It's easy to snap at the people closest to you when you're not in a good mood. Unfortunately, your roommate can end up on the receiving end of this, a lot of the time. However, as easy as a snide comment might slip out, brushing it off comes just as easy.

6. Cousin? More like a sibling

When you go from seeing them only at family occasions to being with them every day, you develop a stronger bond than you thought you had. Sometimes, you might find yourself playing the part of a worried sibling when they aren't home on time. It comes with the territory of living with them.

7. Reminiscing becomes a duo activity

This kind of goes hand-in-hand with #3. I can't tell you how many times my cousin has been able to fill in gaps for me when it comes to stories from when we were younger.

8. Through the differences and the fights, you don't know what you'd do without them

Sure, you two probably frustrate each other to no end. You know how to push each other's buttons like nobody else, but they're your family. They have your back no matter what and no matter when.

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How "My" Babies Changed My Life

"You are the light of the world." Matthew 5:14

They aren't technically my babies so much as they are my baby cousins. My already giant, Greek family added another baby to the bunch after a 15-year break. However, I could not have been more thrilled to give up my spot as the 'baby' to the sweetest face I had ever seen. Up first was James.

He was truly a regular Gerber baby. With legs fatter than sticks of butter and a smile that could make your heart melt on sight, we took to each other immediately. He must have spent the first six months of his life in my arms more than anywhere else. Fast forward to now, he has the quickest wit of any 3-year-old on this side of the world. He can talk you into cookies and milk in a way that leaves you believing it was your idea. He's as strong as an ox and tests the boundaries of this strength daily--enter Will.

After a year and a half of a world full of James, baby William came along. He had a face as sweet as sugar and loved to be held while he slept. Nowadays Will can be found playing the part of James's shadow or 'reading' a book to himself in his very own language. He has a loving spirit and most definitely milks the part of being the baby of the family. I can't blame him, though, as I did the same thing for 15 years (and I wasn't even this cute!).

The truth of the matter is that I relate to these two little monkeys more than anyone else on this earth. Our sleepovers are filled with nothing but happiness, laughter, and lots and lots of popcorn. They fill me up from head to toe with a love and purpose that I never knew I needed. Their reliance and trust in me lift me up to the heavens, and their bear hugs only sweeten the deal. As we continue to grow together in such different ways, I find myself learning to be more intentional in my own life with the knowledge that they are looking up to me.

They inspire me to be the carefree child that I once was and to always remember to treat others how I want to be treated. I can only be seen eating my appropriate share of vegetables when I'm in their presence which in turn gets them to eat their veggies too. They relay stories from the bible to me that I'm ashamed I don't know better, which returns the admiration they have for me.

As the saying goes, you can't pick your family.

One thing I'm certain of; God sure picked these two especially for me.

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