The Thing I Love this Thursday is my oldest nephew.
My little brother and his wife had their first baby in 2005 - they now almost have 4 (Julie's pregnant with their 4th!). I remember where I was when I heard he was born and thinking, this is crazy. I don't really like babies or kids, but I'm in love with this one already. And it was pretty quickly afterward that I got to fly to Charlotte, NC and meet him for the first time. Stick a fork in me, I am done.
Get ready for the Katy Hair Train - EXPRESS.
|When Aunt Katy fell in love. The first time I met the little peanut boy.|
|Left to right, My little mama, Me and little teeny peanut, Julie, teeny peanut's mama, Buck the brown Boxer and Sugar the white Boxer.|
|I mean, COME ON.|
|Fancy Aunt Katy so in love she gets on the floor and rolls around. That says a lot.|
|It's too early in the morning for Aunt Katy to count these apples. You do it, m'kay?|
The last time I was there - they live in Arizona - about 2 months ago we were walking to go play some baseball, and he took my hand and so sweetly said, "Aunt Katy, now that you are here, would you like some organic produce?" Just kill me. His mom and dad are so careful about what they eat, and my Sister in Law Julie is using a local organic farmer for produce now and Cruz knows I'm vege and thought I would want some. I will never forget that sweet little voice and that moment as long as I live.
He's always been so into animals and farms and he wants to be a farmer/cowboy/police man, at least he did a little bit ago, I'm sure I am way behind. But, I keep trying to tell him he and Aunt Katy can open an animal sanctuary together someday. That would be most excellent.
He's a Lego master. He gets a new set, for ages 5 years older than he is and he has it all put together in one day. His dad just stands there slack jawed watching him. He is so good at sports and plays every one with enthusiasm and gives it his all. He is so sweet to his little brother and sister and helps whenever he can. He is his mom's best helper and has been since he could barely move. He is like the Assistant for everything in their life. Nothing gets past this kid.
One of my favorite things is watching my husband play with these kids. They think Uncle Chris is HILARIOUS.
|I admit I get him pretty rad gifts, this space suit is a winner.|
|I wish I could play the piano like this kid.|
And just for kicks, here's my favorite picture of my little brother and I right now, because if he and Julie weren't so freaking awesome, their kids wouldn't be so freaking awesome.