I was thinking about our family today, and what fun they are to be around. We've been really blessed with family that we think of as friends, too. Though we don't have kids yet, we get to be aunt and uncle to two incredible little ones. We have lots of fun with them, and then get to send them home with their parents for the real work! I'm sure someday they will both ask us to please stop taking their pictures.
Ansley was so excited that I came over wearing a pink jacket (that Leanne got for me for Christmas) and she was wearing a pink sweatsuit, that she went and put on everything pink she could find... rain boots, a backpack, and pulled up her hood. She thought it was so funny she twirled around like a little pink puddle jumper. This little girly girl loves her pink!
We also got to spend some time with Evan over at our house for the first time right after Christmas. We realized then that our house is totally not baby-proof and we have zero fun things for a 9 month old to play with! Luckily, Alisa is a mommy genius and brought a whole drum full of toys... but of course, Evan the new crawler wanted to see what was new. One of uncle Matt's XBox controllers, we think, may have produced his first word... "XBox!" We also introduced him to our dog, Pontouf, which he didn't immediately warm to. Pontouf was excited to have a new little thing down on her level, and I think Evan just didn't want his nose licked! But after lots of "yay puppy!"s they were happily coexisting.
We can't wait for the day that brings us our own littles! But, obviously, God has a different timing in mind than we do. For now, we just enjoy watching these incredible mini people, little conglomerates of the brothers and sisters we love, grow up into big people. And hey, I can settle for being everybody's favorite aunt for now!