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Sunday, February 8, 2009

luck of the draw

awesome springlike weather... mornings on the bike trail, afternoons on the playground, evenings grilling out.

i've been blessed. i've had my nephew and nieces here twice this weekend (and Sunday has just begun). i'm doubly blessed if you think about how much i love loving those kids.

my nephew {whom we all call "A-A"} is 3 weeks older than my little sophie. but he's also approximately 3 inches taller than her, too. but as much as he is NOT a baby, sometimes when he talks, he's just so dang cute because you totally can't understand anything except the first and last (and sometimes if you're lucky, third) word... because, don'tcha know, when you're 2 and you have a lot to say quickly, well... it just doesn't come out so well sometimes. but friday night he floored me. he said, "Hey, Erg-gica...jsadljflajdfljaldksfjalkdfjsaf, oKAY?!" now, who is to say the reason i didn't understand the middle part was because he's 2, but i'm pretty sure it was because he stopped me dead in my tracks by saying my name for the first time.

my name is not easy for any small child to say. erica. it's a doozy. but so is my sister's... andrea. in high school she and i played on the soccer team. when you cheer on your comrades, it's easier to give them short nicknames... she became "dre"... and my kids have called her that EASILY since there were a year old. so color me red when my almost-three-year-old nephew actually calls me by a name... my name. and he continued to do so all night long. and then all of yesterday. and as funny as it was to hear, i wish i got it on video because it was so daggone cute and meant a lot to me that he was requesting MY help, and not help from me because I just so happened to be standing there. even though that was probably the case.

this is dre with her girls, kaia and addison. when ethan was a year old he started calling her "mama dre," which i still {not-so-secretly-anymore} wish he called her.

this is addison. you know, the one i fell in love with last year.

my brood.

i may not have been lucky enough to have a name easy for 2 year olds to say... but i am lucky because of the people you see pictured above. they've made my life pretty freaking awesome.

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