Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
The next night, we met up with our Vegas friends and one of our favorite couples, Ben and Joanne, who had moved to Seattle last summer. We caught a band, the Smith Westerns, at The Crocodile (a place that housed so many of my single Seattle girl memories). We danced, we laughed and we enjoyed Vegas in Seattle.
We then picked up my older nephew Max for a special afternoon just for him. An Auntie date. I told Max this would include three things: chocolate milk, candy and a trip to the top of the Space Needle. Um, needless to say, the boy was sold. At one point, while leaving the candy shop, he exclaimed, "This is the BEST day ever, Auntie!" Other highlights of our time together included Max singing "Auntie, you're a firework!" and asking Jenner if he wanted to marry me. When Jenner told him yes and I asked him if he would want to be in my wedding if I got married someday, he said, "Of course, you're my Auntie! Duh!" I honestly could not love that kid any more than I do. (Oh, and the night before, Jenner was telling a joke about me ending up in jail and Max dramatically threw his arms around me and said, "You would be the one to go to jail, Jenner! My Auntie is harmless!")
A MUST when I go home is playing online fashion games with my niece Audrey and any other kid in the family who wants to join in (it is not unusual to have all five huddled around my laptop telling me which outfit looks best on which girl). I am so incredibly lucky to have such a strong bond with all the little people in my family. They are, without a doubt, the people who make my heart the most full. This last photo of my nephew Jude and me is, hands down, one of my very favorites. That three year old little boy who likes to dress up as a princess literally attacking me with love? The picture perfectly describes our relationship.