So, last weekend I was lucky enough to have a Saturday off, so I went back home to Altoona for the weekend. As always, I was excited to get to spend a little bit of time with the nieces and nephews. My sister-in-law brought Teagan over to play for a little bit while she went to work and my brother went to a gun-raffle with my dad. My mom got some of my brother’s old Thomas the Tank Engine toys out from the attic for Teagan to play with – he was super excited, because he loves Thomas. So, of course, he was really into playing with the trains – he set the whole track up and organized all of the different characters how he wanted them, and he even asked me to play. We were having a lot of fun playing with the trains, and then my brother stopped in before heading to the raffle. I told Teagan I’d be right back, I had to get a present for the new baby. I brought out a cute little girls’ panda outfit and showed it to my brother, and said, “I got this for your future daughter, if you have a girl.” Later on, Teagan was checking out the outfit, and I said, “Do you want to wear it,” just jokingly. He scrunched up his face, gave me the evil eye, and said, “No, that’s for the daughter!” I couldn’t help but laugh because of how he worded it – instead of saying that’s for his potential little sister, he said it’s for the daughter. Gotta love him.
Hello Everyone! I am back from spring break and some much needed time with my family – and of course the little ones. I got to spend some quality time with my niece, Abby, and my nephews, Teagan and Gavin. This weeks story is about my niece, Abby.
My nephew, Gavin, is turning 15 on March 17th. So, Abby got her big brother a present for his birthday and couldn’t wait to give it to him. My sister let her give him his present a little early – it was a willow tree angel statue with a big brother and a little sister – (so sweet!) and Gavin told Abby thank you after opening it. My sister asked Abby to give her brother a hug, and she responded, very sternly, “I don’t have time,” and walked off into the other room. I couldn’t help but laugh, because what prior obligations did my three year old niece have that we didn’t know about? Obviously, she had to tend to something very important if she couldn’t even give her brother a hug. She went into the living room to cut up some paper on the floor, so I guess that was really important – for the sake of art.
Later in the week, Abby and I were enjoying some cheese balls at her Lego table, while she made the dog some treats (a.k.a. cut up cardboard into the shape of dog treats). I asked her if she needed a napkin, because her fingers were all cheesy. Her response: “No, you just have to lick them off and wipe them off here,” as she wiped her cheesy fingers on her pants. Great advice – who needs a napkin when you have your pants? – save the trees.
Some other highlights from my trip home: Buying the nieces and nephews new outfits, listening to Abby make up songs and sing about everything (literally everything), taking Abby and Teagan to Chuck E. Cheese, having Teagan make me ‘eggies’, creating outfits for Barbie with Abby, creating sticker masterpieces with Teagan and Abby, and Teagan discovering how the camera on the front of my Iphone works and making a video for Aunt Jackie and Ireland.
Today’s story is about one of my favorite little guys, my nephew, Teagan. On Friday, I called home to talk to my mom while I was doing laundry. First, my niece Abby picked up the phone and was telling me about how she was playing with Teagan, then I could hear my mom say, “Okay, now it’s his turn.” Teagan got on the phone and started talking to me, and he was telling me about how they were making cupcakes and that he was having fun with Abby and Grandma, then he goes, “Okay, I’m going to be done soon.” I could hear him hand the phone to my mom and then I heard him say, “Put it away now,” in a completely serious voice. I guess I was interrupting cupcake time and he had enough of my talking! It’s okay though, I understand how important cupcakes are.
Oh boy, if only I had my phone on record every time my nieces or nephews were talking. I can’t tell you how many times they have made me laugh – they’re all little comedians. So, for this week’s funny moment, I’d like to share two different stories.
The first story is about this little sweetie here. My 21st birthday was in January, and my whole family came to celebrate it. While I was sitting at the kitchen table, early Saturday, waiting for everyone to arrive at the house and watching some tv, Abby came and sat down beside me at the table. I wasn’t paying attention much to what was on the tv, because I was doing some homework on my laptop, and in the background noise I could hear “highway to hell” start playing. Abby perked up, got a big smile across her face, started bobbing her head a little bit and turned to me, in all seriousness, and said, “This is my favorite song!” I couldn’t help but laugh, because I was so surprised by what she just said. I’m pretty sure she hadn’t heard the song before that moment, but just liked the rhythm. What a silly girl.
My next story is about my silly, little red-head. Like I said before, she is 4 going on 14, so she has been developing her personality quite a lot lately. A couple of months ago, my sister was trying to explain to Ireland how Abby is her cousin; you know, the family breakdown. When Jackie was trying to tell Ireland that I was her sister, Ireland , very instantly, said, “Aunt Laurie is not your sister, because she is my friend.” Jackie said that I could be both, but Ireland still insisted that because I was her friend, I was not allowed to be Jackie’s sister. Hey, if she continues to always think I’m cool enough to be her friend, I’ll take it.