Being that I do not yet have children of my own and have been blessed with an adorable nephew and two beautiful nieces, I try to spend as much time with them as possible. This can be difficult when they live over an hour away but we make do.
I have to say, they love coming over. Maybe it’s just the novelty of it, maybe it’s because I stuff them with candy and junk food (shhh, don’t tell their mothers!), but I like to think it’s because they love me and think of me as an awesome Auntie! I hope it stays that way as they get older.
Anyway, today my niece Sadie came over to spend the night in celebration of her 4th birthday. She is just a ball of energy! Isn’t it funny how some kids you can just tell are going to be athletic? She is totally one of them. She has no fear, she can climb anything, jump off anything, and run faster than me (yeah, I’m pretty slow… or we can just say she’s REALLY fast).
We had a very busy day today. First we had to go help out at a bake sale fundraiser for my church’s VBS program this summer. With all the warm days in March, you would have thought today would have been a little less frigid. Oh well, the kids were troopers and sold like pros!
Later, my sister Liz (see her blog here) and her daughter Alannah met up with us to grab dinner and then chill out at McD’s playplace. Let me just tell you, sugar is a drug and I have seen the proof. We got ice cream, Sadie ate all of hers, and was off the wall.
I guess that’s what Aunties are for, sugaring kids up and letting them run wild! When we got home the craziness continued. Little Alannah (who will be 3 next week) is enthralled with her older cousin and wants to do everything and I mean EVERYTHING her Sadie does. So what is an Auntie to do when her favorite little girls are bouncing off the walls? Build a blanket fort, convince them they are doggies, and order those puppies to go to the “doghouse”. They loved it.
After all the excitement (and sugar) I was shocked when both Alannah and Sadie stated it was bedtime. How easy is that? I think I have the touch… or am touched, only time will tell!
*Disclaimer: no children were harmed in the writing of this post. Sugar related events may have been offset with veggies and other nutritional items. I mean come on, I’m not totally irresponsible!