This Weekend I am officially on Auntie Duty. I arrived yesterday and I have been spending time with my niece and nephew. We are celebrating two birthdays. Bobby is turning one and Emma recently turned four! There will be two birthday parties, lots of kids, and cake. I always say that being an Auntie was the best gift my sister has given me. It is a true joy to be part of Bobby and Emma's life.
I have been here for 24 hours and I am exhausted! I give parents SO much credit! I really don't know how you do it. It is so much work. We are lucky they are cute right?
In the first 24 hours I read Emma 15 books most of them being Princess stories. I never went through the Princess phase so I just don't get it. Plus I hate reading stories to her about being rescued by Prince Charming. I wrote a post about it earlier this year. I am all about being the hero of your own story. Anyone have book suggestions for a 4 year old girl? Please comment below or email me.
Emma loves to cook (see above photo) My Mom got her these adorable cookie cutters from Williams Sonoma We typically bake something together when I visit. Chocolate cookies are my specialty with the family but we all have a sweet tooth around here. Emma is working on spelling hence the "Auntie" word but she wanted to keep going and use ALL the letters. She loves the movie Ratatouille and thinks I am her chef.
Emma saw me unpacking the first night and thought I was packing to go home. She woke up the next morning for school and over breakfast came down with a "tummy ache" since she has two birthday parties this weekend my sister thought it was best for her to stay home. After a little time we realized Emma was worried I wasn't going to be home when she got back to school! So she pretended to be sick to stay home "sick" from school. While I had a lot of work to catch up on I couldn't play during the day. She turned to my sister and asked to do something "fun" we knew that she had us both fooled on the "tummy ache" It could have been that she was worried about be not being here when she was home. Either way she totally won us over on the cuteness factor. Way to go Em!
Bobby is starting to walk and he is into everything! I keep in touch as much as possible and visit often. We facetime at least once a week so he is used to seeing me. When I arrived her didn't want anything to do with me which was pretty sad but typical for his age. This morning Bobby ran to me and gave me the biggest HUG! It was heaven.
My sister has asked me not to share photos of the kids for privacy reasons so that is why you never see their faces.
My Family informed me they have a new tradition where they enjoy a cup of coffee after dinner every night. My Mom and Dad both asked, "Did you give up coffee forever? Why?" Last night after my very full day entertaining two small kids and balancing work I went to bed before 10 pm. I slept fully and soundly until 7 am. I woke up before my alarm and it was bliss. I don't remember the last time I slept a full 9 hours without being sick. I am still feeling my afternoon slump and craving a cup of coffee but I am staying strong. Sleep is everything for me!
You may remember this post from the Summer when I broke down and told you what was happening with my Dad. We really haven't spoken much since the post which was in the middle of July. He sent me a few more texts which I thought was best to not to respond since he wasn't respecting my wishes and they were just down right mean. I knew my Dad would be here this weekend but I didn't expect him to be alone with him this morning. I didn't have much time to prepare my thoughts but I was sick to my stomach.
At first he acted like nothing had changed or we were never fighting but I knew this was my chance. If I didn't say anything then it would be swept under the rug but the issues would never be fixed. So instead I stood up for myself. His words have hurt me and have taken my moral down the drain because I know he isn't proud of me. I know it has affected my mood these past few weeks. I told him he needs to be proud of who I am NOW and not who he "wants me to be" If I get married and have kids (I want both) it is a bonus. I am a strong, independent, successful woman. He needs to recognize this. Tears fell down my face quickly but I made it through. He agreed. But I needed one more thing. I needed the apology that was owed to me for all the hurtful things he said to me. I am not taking it anymore.
I would like to say if this was a Hollywood movie there would be applause but this isn't Hollywood. This is "real life" I have had experience with fighting with my Dad before and there will be more arguments. I will have to remind him of this fight because chance are he will forget and go back to his old ways.
This weekend we will celebrate my niece and nephew together as a family. We are so lucky to have these adorable little people.
What are your weekend holiday plans?