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Coming Home!


My brother and his family are moving back from Seattle.  I am so excited.  We have started the countdown.  They will make the three day drive towards the end of the month.  The original plan was for me to fly out and accompany my nephews home on the plane.  However, my brother and sister-in-law thought it would be a great experience to have the boys make the drive with them.

My sister-in-law got the boys a gift to open each morning of their trip.  My nephews are so excited about moving back.  My youngest nephew was just two weeks old when they left for Seattle.  He is two now and doesn’t remember living here.  My oldest nephew (who’s four) is happy to go back to his old house.

He calls me quite a bit to express his joy of moving back.

“Auntie, I’m moving to my old house. You remember the one with the wing (swing) in the back yard?”

“Yes I remember.”

“I’m going to bring Uncle and Kierra a popsicle.”

“LOL…You are?  Do you think the popsicle will make it?”

“Yes, Auntie.  I get to go to a new school with Ian and Imani.”

“I know, I can’t wait to see you.”

“I want to play super powers with Uncle.  He is a mere mortal Auntie.  And I’m going to draw Uncle and Kierra a picture at school.” 

“I’m sure they will like that.  Have you been helping mommy and daddy pack?”

“Yes, and I pack up some of my toys.  I get to get new ones Auntie!”

“Wow! I miss you and can’t wait until you get here.  I love you!”

“Love you too Auntie, bye!”

He is too funny!

Whitney Houston–Not!


Yesterday on the drive from my stepfather’s house I was in a singing mood.  Let’s just say that I have no talent for singing.  I believe I am tone deaf.  I can’t even carry a tune.  While it sounds great to me, I can tell by the expression of others that that is not the case.

It was only Jazmine and me in the car so I felt comfortable performing.  Besides, what does a toddler know about singing?  I started with “Ice Cream” by Sarah McLaughlin.  I thought Jazmine would get a kick out of my serenade.

As soon as I sang a few bars she screamed “shut up!”  This is her new favorite word that we are trying to stop her from using.  I gave her a mini lecture reminding her that “shut up” was not a nice thing to tell someone.  There are nicer ways to let a person know that you don’t want to hear them.  You can say things such as be quiet or even hush, I continued. 

She stayed silent.  Satisfied that she got the message I continued singing.  A few seconds later Jazmine said, Then be quiet and huss!  I guess toddlers know something about singing afterall!