...And now she's got 3 kids of her own.
My niece, Sarah's birthday was in late April.
My sister, Nora and I met up in Wisconsin to help celebrate Sarah's birthday and meet our newest great-nephew.
A few days full of love, laughter, melt-downs, toddler arguments, good food, silliness and snuggles.
We went for a couple walks, played outside, did a wee bit of shopping and mostly just talked.
It's so good to be able to do all those things and experience those things, face-to-face.
Skype's got nothing on an actual visit.
|Great Aunt Nora and Luca|
|"Can I take your picture Aunt CeeCee?"|
Pretty fine aim for a 3 year old, don't you think?
|"Let's make silly faces, Aunt CeeCee"|
|"Aunt Nora, make a silly face!"|
|Bella holding Luca and keeping him entertained|
|Sarah's Birthday cake.|
Seriously, the very best cheesecake I have ever eaten.
In. My. Life.
|Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to you......|
|Make a wish and blow out the candles!|
|Wonder if her wish will come true?|
|Ryan cutting the cake and Aunt Nora getting plates.|
I'm just taking pictures and waiting on my piece.
|Chocolate cake on the bottom. Cheesecake in the middle.|
Raspberry yumminess on the top.
All of it wrapped in a chocolate ganache'.
Did I say it was the best cheesecake I have ever eaten?
In. My. Life.?
|Grayson agrees with me|
|He's a man of few words|
|"Aunt CeeCee, make a silly face."|
|"Aunt CeeCee, make an angry silly face."|
|"Okay momma, now close your eyes."|
|"Aunt Nora, now you close your eyes."|
|Luca is enjoying his bouncy seat instead of cheesecake.|
Maybe next year.
|Big, blue-eyed boy.|
Sarah calls him Mr. Moose.
|Sitting still for a minute. :)|
|Going on a date!|
|It's not as hard as Sarah and Ryan say it is, taking care of 3 kids under the age of 4.|
Oh wait, there were two of us and a movie in the DVR.
And it was almost bedtime.
|So happy together!|
I'm adding a footnote.
American Airlines, whom I hate with purple passion, did something unbelievable.
I got to Wisconsin and back on time, with no trouble in any airport.
Never. Happened. Ever.
I must have used up a boatload of Karma points!