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Half The Aunt

With my mom one of six and my dad one of three growing up I was not lacking for aunts and uncles. While I have special bonds with all my aunts there was one aunt I had an extra special bond with. She was more like my friend, I could call her up and we would just talk for hours (it seemed like). This aunt was my aunt by marriage so there was no true familiar bond. Tomorrow will mark the 14th year since her passing. Some days it feels like yesterday and others a lifetime ago.

This aunt is the kids grandma. So there are days; while holding the three year old in my arms, or laughing at something the four year old said, or fighting with the nine year old to do her homework, or watching the seventeen year old growing into a young lady getting ready to go to college; I can’t help thinking how much joy being their grandma would bring her. And how they never had a chance to experience her love for them first hand. Even though I’m not really their aunt I hope I can be at least half the aunt she was to me.

Southern Belle Auntie: Happy Birthday to My Wild and Crazy Girl

Today the youngest turns three. It seems like just yesterday she was born. She makes life interesting that’s for sure. She was the surprise baby but life would be dull without her. I am not sure when it happened or even how but she has formed an attachment to me (and I won’t lie part of me likes it) but sometimes she acts like I’m her mommy and not her cousin/”auntie”. We are celebrating her birthday Saturday and she has requested a pink Minnie cake and what is she getting, a pink Minnie cake. Cake pictures to come next week.

Catching Up

I know I having been posting much lately. I have been a busy woman: between traveling (Cumberland Falls for New Year’s and Gatlinburg or my Birthday), family functions, work, kids, and planning my next Disney Trip. But I am going to start making time for me and my blog again. So first lets play catch up.

Travel

As I mentioned briefly we spent New Year’s in Cumberland Falls and mine and my mom’s birthday in Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg. I really missed the mountains and it was really good to get back to them. I hope we can get there a little more this year than we did last year. I love that mountain air. My next Disney Trip is just around the corner so I am looking forward to that right now.

Reading

I started a new series while I was in the mountains; Smoky Mountains Matches by Karen Kirst. I have only read the first book but I really enjoyed it. I still need to finish the Dare Island Series and now get into this series more. But first I am going to reread Gone With the Wind. My journey begins Wednesday.

Kids

The kids and their mommy went to Cumberland Falls with us but not Gatlinburg. I love spending time with them but one weekend in a months time is okay, I really can not handle two weeks in one month. I pretty much pick the two younger ones up at day care every Tuesday, so we are getting some quality Auntie Time in.

I guess that is about all.

Another Christmas in the Books

I hope everyone had a good Christmas. Mine was good, but in the blink of an eye it was over, it seems. And today I am dragging. Work, dinner, church on Christmas Eve. Up early for Christmas morning with the kids, home for a quick nap before back out the door to my aunts. Back to work this morning and working all four days. I am sure glad I took off the day after New Year’s Day, I’m going to be trying to catch up on sleep. But I loved every minute of spending Christmas morning with the kids.

1 Year Already 


Apparently yesterday marked the one year anniversary of my much planned Disney Trip getting canceled at the last minute.  I still have wounds from this one.  But they are healing slowly.  When you are a planner like I am it is hard to move on when your hard work is destroyed in an instant like that.  Maybe some day I can plan the perfect Disney World Vacation, again, for my babies.  But I’ll never get back not being with them for their first visit, that will leave scars.  

Potty Training 

A few months ago the kids’ mommy started potty training the three year old.  None of us knew what an adventure that was going to be.  He took to peeing in the potty pretty quickly but pooping in the potty was a whole other story.  I didn’t think he would ever be fully potty trained.    When you tried to talk to him about it he just ignored you or changed the subject.  I even started download kindle books about pooping in the potty to read to him since he loved reading Peter Rabbit so much.  The last book I downloaded might have been the winner because it seems like the very next day he took to pooping in the potty and hasn’t turned back.  The book I read to him Super Pooper.


After he was pooping on the potty for a few weeks I found this postcard and mailed it to him congratulating him on becoming a super pooper.


Oh the things an Auntie will do.

Turning 16

This weekend we have a birthday party for the oldest of the four kiddos who turned Sixteen last week.  I can’t believe she is sixteen already.  It seems like just yesterday she became a part of our family.  I don’t remember how old she was when her mommy started dating my cousin but I think she was eight or nine.  And now she is old enough to drive a car.  In the blink of an eye (two years) she will be graduating high school and starting college.  I wish I could stop them all from growing.  Happy 16th Birthday Miss M!