I was so happy to get Milania and Antonia back together for the first time in over a year! I love that little girl! (I love my nephews too of course!) They do live so close, they love each other, and it was sad Melissa didn't want her kids to see mine. My kids have other cousins on Joe's side --Joe's sister has 4 girls and his brother has 3 girls--all the same age! That's 11 little girls we have running around -- we need Gino and Joey around to balance things out! Joe's family also lives close, so my girls still had lots of fun family events all year. Melissa's kids don't since her sisters are so much older, their kids are all grown up. I always felt so bad that her kids were missing out on their only cousins their age. But happily, they are back together! Antonia and Milania are in the same cheerleading class now, so they are thick as thieves again! I hope they are never, ever separated ever again.
You can see how I raise my kids to respect and love their family no matter what. Even after all the hurt, I still had Melissa listed as "Zia Melissa" in my phone. Adults might not always get along, but the kids shouldn't suffer because of it. I hated the time I didn't see Kathy and Rosie growing up, and I would never want that for my kids.