Girls Sleepover!

…with Uncle Mike too of course!

As I mentioned in my post about overnight french toast, our twin nieces had their first sleepover at our house about two weeks ago. I was a little nervous how the sleeping arrangements would go over but they took to the basement guest room like champs.

We watched Tangled (so cute!) in a makeshift fort built by Uncle Mike, made our own pizzas for dinner and played for hours upon hours with my old Barbies and beanie babies (at least 100), which my parents drove out from Los Angeles a few weeks earlier. What is it with buying a house and suddenly getting all of your old stuff? Our house isn’t that big people!

It was so neat to watch the girls “ooohhhh” and “aaaahhhh” over the same Barbie outfits and accessories that mark a special time in my childhood. I look forward to keeping them here so the girls can create memories at our house for years to come. There are certainly going to be many more sleepovers in their future!

Family Photos

Aunts don’t always get to be in family photos. So, when Mike’s sister asked me to join the session even though Mike was out of town I was very touched. Her best friend Lindsay is an insanely talented photographer. She has an incredible knack for capturing special and unique moments ~ no easy task when your subjects are usually young children. Lindsay is also a magician with Photoshop. Let’s just say that I was sporting a blemish or two in the photo below.

And speaking of the photo below, I am so thrilled to have a moment captured like this. I hope that on a future visit home to California I can coordinate family photos with my brother, sister in law, nephew Jackson and niece Olivia. Our five nieces and nephews will only be this young for a moment in time and it’s very special to be a part of this moment, frozen in time.

Credit: Lindsay Teague Morena, 5ive Photo

Thank you Lindsay for giving me a gift I will always cherish.

If you are in the market for photos (family, wedding, engagement, maternity) I urge you to explore Lindsay’s 5ive Photo website and blog. You will fall in love with her work!

I Was There…

Credit: 5ive Photography

11:50 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2011. I was there. I was there the exact moment Cooper Martin Block entered this world (our second nephew) and was there for hours before as Kelly made labor, and all its pain and stress, look easy.

When Kelly invited me to be in the room, “if I wanted,” a few months before Cooper’s arrival, I wasn’t quite sure. My first instinct was absolutely not. Later I was somewhat curious, but still scared. It was my aunt Jan and mom who convinced me otherwise. They both separately assured me that it was an incredible honor, and that the “icky, scary parts” would not seem at all like that in the moment.

How right they were. We (aka women) are amazing. I cannot put into words how strong and brave and powerful we are. Hearing Cooper take his first breath and fill the room with his cry is a moment that will bring me to tears for years to come. When the doctor yelled out, “it’s a boy,” I cheered loudly without actually even hearing what she had announced (I had to ask a moment later). He was breathing and healthy and perfect…that is the only thing that mattered.

I still cannot believe that I was welcomed by Kelly and Nate to witness such a miracle.

11:50 p.m. on Sept. 7 ~ my heart has never been so full as it was in that moment.

Credit: 5ive Photography

Credit: 5ive Photography

Credit: 5ive Photography

 

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