What To Do On Spring Break – Day 1

Last week my kids were on Spring break, all week long. The start of our Spring break was actually begun on the Friday before the break even was here. I had a phone call from my sister and it seemed she could use some time out of her house, so I ventured over to pick up my sister and baby niece Livy.

What do do on Spring Break Day 1

I just love how big Livy is getting, she is walking all over the place now and becoming quite the little character. I love watching her many facial expressions. I have spent a lot of time with my sister and Livy, so we have a bond that hopefully never breaks. Livy gets a little nervous when she thinks her Mama is out of sight, but overall she’s doing amazingly better with the separation anxiety and she seemed all too happy to have a girls day with her Mama and Auntie Quack Quack.

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Livy and my sister went grocery shopping with me and ran other errands with me that fine Friday. Shown here is Livy hanging tightly onto her Auntie’s wallet. I wonder if she thought Auntie had lots of money, soon she will realize that Auntie’s wallet rarely ever has any cash in it. Livy was very well behaved and seemed to enjoy grocery shopping!

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We finished our girls day with a little concert put on at the school, where Livy got to watch her cousin Aj perform. Livy did awesome in the concert and even was found tapping her feet to the beat of the music! It was a wonderful day, sadly the wonderful day had a moment after school when Aj was just worn out from having two concert performances and physical education that day. It was a major meltdown, one I haven’t seen in a long time with Aj and it scared little Livy. We got a handle on it and ended the day on a good note though. Sometimes I hate how much stress school puts on kids, they can only handle so much stimulation in a day, especially Aj.

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When we dropped Livy and my sister back to her place, I captured a pic of my daughter and her Auntie because, well, it’s been awhile since I’ve gotten a picture of them together. My sister was always there for me when Ki was a baby, just like I plan to be with my sister and her little girl. Family always comes first.

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After dropping my sister and Livy off, we headed to PayLess ShoeSource where the boys got to get new sneakers. The previous sneakers the boys had were completely worn out. Bad worn out, and it was time to get them some new sneakers. The boys were so happy with their choices! Since my daughter has a ton of shoes at her Dad’s home, I let her pick out sandals that were not of the flip flop type so she could wear them to school. The school doesn’t allow flip flops.

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We finished our day with normal bedtime routine, shown above is a pic of the boys and me before story time. Aj wanted to make a silly face and K-man is being his usual actor self. Day one of Spring break went well, or I should say night one because this day was technically a school day. I was a little nervous about Aj’s meltdown in the van after-school, but things panned out and we ended the day with warm fuzzies between a tightly bonded family unit. I love my life.

Spending Some Time with my Sweet Niece Livy

I am in love. Seriously in love. With my 13 month old niece, Livy, that is. Look at her adorable smiles, she was so happy that Auntie Quack Quack came to visit and babysit her while her Mama (my sister) went for an appointment.

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Let me explain the short story behind why I am Auntie Quack Quack; when my daughter was a baby, quacking with my hands was a way I could calm her when out in public with me. I naturally gave it a try one day with Livy, who was a little upset and low and behold it worked! Since that day I have been deemed Auntie Quack Quack because my Quack Quack whether it be in person or over the phone makes Livy smile. I am trying hard to get Livy to say Auntie but she has only said it maybe twice, her preferred term for me is Quack Quack. Sigh.

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This particular day, last Tuesday was such a joy! Livy smiled big for me the whole time and enjoys playing this “you can’t get me” game where she crawls away from you quickly after pushing towards you to tease you like “come and get me”. Livy has quite the personality and now that she is “on the go” it was not easy for me to get her to nap. In the past, a simple lullaby in Auntie’s arms would relax her to sleep, not so much this particular day. Livy wanted to run and explore and play with Auntie, okay not run but crawl quickly!

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One of our favorite things to do is to read this Care Bear book, actually a hand me down from my home to Livy. I passed down a lot of the books we had accumulated after Livy was born so that Livy could experience a love of books just like my kiddos. It’s adorable that to this day Livy remembers our Care Bear book and she often grabs it, turns pages and smiles at me to read along while she “reads” page by page. She is simply precious!

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My sister and I chat on the phone often but I don’t get to visit as often as I would like to because she is 45 minutes away and as I wrote the other day, I have my hands full with my seven year old son. I was told Livy is starting to take steps and standing up all confident, this picture above shows her cute face standing there and she stood there, while letting go of that toy forever. It was as if she was showing off her new skill to her Auntie. Later on, my Dad showed up after my sis returned home and Livy actually walked about 2 feet to me, stood at my legs, looked up and held her hands upwards in a “pick me up” way. I scooped her up all proud and happy. February 11, 2014 was the first time my niece walked to me!

I must admit, after years of realizing that my sister probably wouldn’t have a baby and I wouldn’t ever become an auntie, this experience has been a true blessing for my sister and myself. Being an Auntie has shown me how my sister felt about my first born child, she truly loved her in a way that you love your own child. I would do anything to ensure Livy is protected, and my sister. I love them dearly and never in a million years would I think I could love another baby the same exact way I love my own children I gave birth to. Family is such a blessing to have.

 

 

{Life as Auntie} A Night Babysitting Miss Olivia

If my sister had her way, she would be with her daughter 24/7 but she also knows the importance of finding a way to catch a break. As of late, my sister has had appointments and since I am the only one my niece knows beyond her parents; the babysitting is in my hands. I do not mind one bit.

Babysitting my Niece was a blast

I absolutely love my niece and since my “baby” is now five years old, I welcome any chance to take my niece for a few hours or even overnight. This particular evening we babysat Miss Olivia for about four hours. Sadly, Olivia had been woken up by accident when brought into the home and so in the above pictures she is still a bit uncertain of being away from her Mommy and Daddy. One thing about Olivia, that also calms my sister, is that Olivia calms quickly for me and seems to feel safe as well as secure in her Auntie’s arms while Auntie sings her a lullaby or two.

Cousins Playing Nicely

I was a little concerned having Olivia here during bedtime hours for a couple of reasons; I wasn’t sure if she would get comfortable with my fiance again or my daughter so that I could do the normal bedtime routine for my sons or not. I also was concerned about my “baby” because K-man really doesn’t like his Mama paying any attention to another baby. What I got was a lucky surprise! My son played with his baby girl cousin, gave her toys and even showed her around his bedroom. To boot, he fed her dinner at dinner time too. K-man was so proud of himself and had fun talking to Olivia and singing her a song while playing his ukelele, it was simply adorable!

Cousins Olivia and K-man

The four hours or so that Olivia was here made our evening so wonderful! The night ended with Miss Olivia giggling and babbling at Jenny the Pug. I just adore this baby girl and was thankful that my sister knows me and trusts me enough to let go and allow this time for her daughter to gain a relationship with her Auntie and Cousins. I thank my sister for allowing me and trusting me to care for her child while she attended her meeting.

Happy First Birthday to my Niece Livy

Today my niece turns one year old, I cannot believe that one year ago today I was at the hospital with limited time waiting for Miss Olivia to come to this world. I sadly missed the arrival, and she ended up having to come via c-section but I did eventually get to meet her while she was at the hospital with her Mommy.

Brandy Holding Baby olivia

From that first day I fell in love. I held this little baby and felt a love I never thought one could feel except with their own child. Now I know what my sister felt that first time I made her an Auntie. It’s such a loving emotion.

Baby Olivia

Spending time around Olivia was and still is important, while they live about 40 minutes away from me, I want nothing more than to have a niece who loves & knows who her Auntie is. I had an amazing Auntie growing up and know how important that relationship can be, secondary to the child’s parents of course. I visited and continue to visit Olivia frequently, along with my children and fiance.

Ki and Baby Olivia

Miss Ki was so happy to finally have a cousin on her Mom’s side and it was a girl so that was even better. After all, Ki only has two younger brothers – no sisters so when Olivia came into this world she was so excited!

Baby Olivia and Mom

My sister and Olivia are shown above, I have enjoyed watching my sister go from just a sister to a sister who is a mother. The changes I have seen in my sister over the past year amaze me. There are no words to describe the love I have for both Olivia and my sister, it goes deep within my heart and soul.

Baby Niece Turns One

Picture Taken January 13, 2014

Today … I say HAPPY BIRTHDAY OLIVIA, YOU ARE NOW ONE! And I also say CONGRATS TO MY SISTER, YOU ARE NOW A MOM TO A CURIOUS, SOON TO BE WALKING LITTLE GIRL!

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