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Ringing in the New Year with Family!

January 02, 2011 by Victoria Strong
My sister and her family have been visiting and we got to ring in the new year together. I love when my sister, Elizabeth, my brother-in-law, Chad, and my nephews, William and Henry, visit -- love, love, love it! They just left this morning and I now have a sorry case of the dreary wearies -- I always do after they leave. So to boost myself out of this self-induced pity party, I am making a list of all the things I love about them and their visit.

  • I love the relationship Gwendolyn has with all of them. She loves them each so much and is so excited to be in the middle of the fun and attention.

  • I love that William (who is 7) is incredibly gentle, patient, thoughtful, and sensitive to Gwendolyn and her needs. And I love the little conversations he would have with Gwendolyn and how enthusiastic he is to play with her, read her stories, or simply hold her hand.

  • I love that Henry (who is 3) calls Gwendolyn, Gwenowen and always asks, "Mommy, where is Gwenowen?" when she's napping. I love that he gets excited about playing dress up with her and having tea parties together.

  • I love that Gwendolyn loved giving kisses to everyone -- big ones.

  • I love that we played games, danced for hours, laughed a lot, and had a giant snuggled up movie party with popcorn.

  • I love that my sister gave Gwendolyn a full pampering beauty salon, painting her nails and toes purple with sparkles. Gwendolyn felt so special!

  • I love that Gwendolyn told Aunt Elizabeth she loved her and I love that my sister understood what she said without us having to translate.

  • I love that after the children are all tucked into bed the four of us pop open the good wine, chat the night away, and always have fun together.

  • I love that Bill and Chad are friends, can talk about anything, and have fun together on their own.

  • I love that my sister is such an incredible friend -- cheering me on, boosting me up, holding me close when I need it, and is always, always there for me. And I love that she knows me better than I sometimes know myself.

  • And I love that my sister, brother-in-law, and nephews are pretty much the most awesome people on the planet (I'm pretty sure that can be proven on Wikipedia) -- and I love that they are all mine!

Miss you guys tons and tons already!!!

Talk About It

tears of joy are rolling down my cheeks! So happy that you all had such an awesome visit! smile Be well, Lisa smile
Posted by Lisa Prokopetz on 2011-01-02 15:19:08
I love this post!! this is how it is meant to be!! <3 you guys happy new year!!
Posted by caroline Lamont on 2011-01-02 16:22:36
Cousins are the best!!!! Happy New Year!
Posted by Margaret on 2011-01-02 16:26:45
So happy that you had such a great visit and that you have a sister to count on! : ) Happy New year!
Posted by Kristen on 2011-01-02 17:38:52
Love and miss all of you! <3 Glad it was a great visit!
Posted by Alli G on 2011-01-02 18:13:14
Fabulous pictures, family can be the greatest of all memory builders! Gwendolyn looks like she was thrilled to have her cousins for a visit. I LOVED seeing the Hooty pictures, it looks like all the hats fit great! Praying for the most fabulous year ever for your family! Penny
Posted by Penny on 2011-01-02 19:24:18
I love this post. You are so blessed to have all the love and support from your sister and family. You have a beautiful loving family. I loved seeing the pictures and it's precious to see William and Henry loving on Gwendolyn. They are very special cousins. --Mari
Posted by Mari on 2011-01-02 22:01:36

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