Now I have very special feelings for all of my nieces and nephews. They are precious and I love them all. I have gotten a lot of joy out of getting to know them and in watching them grow.
But there is just something about my sister's kids. I remember when Ava, the oldest, was born. I loaded up my 3 kids and drove 3 hours to get to the hospital. When she finally made her appearance, I was just amazed. She was beautiful and chubby. I just couldn't believe that my little sister was a mommy!
I got to spend a little bit of time with Heather before I had to take my kiddos home. It was her first baby but she was a natural. I spent my last few hours there kissing and squeezing and rocking and smelling my new niece. I admired my sister and the way she took to her daughter. I knew it was love.
But when it was time to leave, I felt a bit of panic. I couldn't understand it. I wasn't worried about Heather or Ava. I just didn't want to leave them. Leaving my niece was like leaving very own flesh and blood. It was a feeling I had never had before. And when I finally did leave, I cried for a bit and then kept feeling like I had forgotten something.
It is still that way for me. Maybe it's because we don't get to see each other very often. Or maybe it's because I still feel protective over my sister so I feel protective of them too. Either way, I love Miss Ava Grace and Miss Liv Marie. (Livie Lou!)
Jolie and I had a great time with them and can't wait to see them again. Thank you Heather and George for making them such sweet and wonderful girls to be around!
|Silly little girls!|
|Ava is 5, Jolie is 10 and Liv is 2|
|Have you ever seen such a sweet face?|
|We brought the girls a sweet treat from Ruidoso. Livie Lou was giving it a taste.|
|This is the big thing to do at Aunter and Uncle George's house. The jacuzzi tub!|
We had a wonderful weekend. Thanks to our boys at home for letting us go!