We had a great time at Jamie's birthday party... at one point there were almost a dozen ladies sitting around Jim and Angie's table having a good, old fashioned Hen Party... until finally one of the kids came in and asked if we were ever going to get out of the way so they could have cake and ice cream! Oh yeah... this is a kids birthday party. Oops!
Another shot of my two big girls... JJ is in 4th grade... SB is in 2nd... their parents were friends before these babies were ever even a gleam in their daddy's eyes. They've known each other their entire lives. I love those kind of lifelong sister/friends. I have a few of those in my life and they always remind me who I am and where I come from. I love documenting their childhood friendship... and I can imagine us pulling these photos out at bridesmaid luncheons one day. (stop crying, Aunt Mimi!)
Six years old... but what a precious, baby face! She's got Gant freckles and somewhere in between a Beaver & a Gant nose... and she's got my bottom lip... I love how I can see all of us in her sweet little face... and know that she so much more than the sum total of the families that love her and all the attributes they bring to her life.
See the bottom lip? Yep. It's the same. And the same extroverted personality. My sweet little second born in a family of first borns... she marches to the beat of her own drummer... she always has a little song in her heart...
Jim and Angie are both firstborns and their personalities reflect it. Sarabeth is a firstborn and you can tell... she's the organized, responsible sibling. Jamie... well, Jamie is a second born and nobody understands her better than her two favorite aunts - both second born children. Aunt Mimi is the bonus sister I got when my brother married Angie. Although... you might think that we would have competing roles for the girls' attention and affection... the truth is that we both love and appreciate each other so much. I can't imagine my nieces NOT having an Aunt Mimi in their life. I love the bond they have with her and I'm so grateful for what she brings to their lives. I know she feels the same. We just feel so blessed that these girls... that we mutually love and adore... have TWO favorite aunts... and we are mutually amused by the second born traits that we see in our Jamie-doll.
And this is my favorite picnic spot... the ampitheatre at Piedmont College. It's the perfect place to spread out a basket with a friend... it's covered... sort of remote... yet, with enough nearby traffic that it's not dangerous.
The forecast is calling for 6 inches of snow with ice on top of that for our area overnight tonight. It's fairly certain that i'll be in the nest at least until Tuesday morning, perhaps beyond that. As long as the power stays on, we're fine. If the power goes out... which can happen with ice... it's going to be interesting. As long as the power is on, I anticipate I'll be blogging fairly often. Stay tuned!