September 11, 2010

Cousin Love

I can't sleep, so I figure I'll post a bit via my phone. One of the
main goals for my month long all-you-can-jet trip is to visit some of
the most amazing people in my life.

These two gorgeous gals are my amazing nieces: Emma & Mary. Mary
(holding Oliver) leaves in a few hours to start her life's biggest
adventure (so far) at BYU Hawaii. (I believe she is currently out
partying with friends right now. Crazy girl!)

The age gap between Mary and me is about the same as between Isabella
and Mary. As I watch Isabella completely adore and mimic her older
cousins I wonder if I had a similar influence on my nieces at that
age. As a young auntie I loved doting on my cute, little nieces. But
one of the unknown consequences of going away to school was that they
grew up too fast while I was away. Studying, boys, friends, work, etc.
quickly replaced my playtime time with these girls. My relationship
was never quite as strong as a result.

Isabella loves these girls with as much passion as a little (almost)
four year old can possess. At night as Isabella prepares to fall
asleep we talk about what good things she is going to dream about.
Frequently she quietly whispers, "Mary and Emma."

We will miss Mary!!! But we are so excited for her and this big new
adventure! I am sure she will handle the challenges that inevitably
come with the grace and charm she has developed over the last few
years of growing up.

And I hope we can visit her soon! Because, you know, Isabella needs
some cousin bonding Hawaii.

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