They are the coolest little kids I know, and I miss them like crazy.
Skype remains on my list of one of the best inventions ever, but "visiting" on the computer is just not the same.
I remember one day, before there were any kids in the family. I was in college, living in Lambeth with 5 roommates, and I was sitting at the table one morning with my cup of tea (I had not yet discovered the joys of coffee). Allison rarely called me in the mornings, so I was surprised when my phone rang.
We chatted for a few minutes, and then she hit me with it.
"So I just thought you might like to know that I'm pregnant."
There was a second's pause as it sunk in, and then I screamed. Really loudly. Allison laughed and Katie came running into the room with a huge smile on her face, because somehow she already knew what I was screaming about.
A few months later, there was a beautiful baby girl in our lives.
Well, today that beautiful baby girl turns 7!
And she is awesome.
She is clever and hilarious and creative and just so much fun! Happy birthday!!!
Anyone who's met me in the last 7 years knows how much I adore my five nieces and nephews. We play superheroes and go on pretend journeys to the moon and fight dragons and play in the park and draw pictures and play legos and chase each other around and laugh. My sisters and I are spread on three continents at the moment, so I don't get to spend as much time with the kids as I would like. But I have been lucky enough to see all five of them within days (most within an hour or two) of their birth, to play with them, hear them laugh, read with them, and celebrate with them.
And I am one proud auntie :-D
Kelly is an American teacher living in Switzerland and enjoying everything the country has to offer.