I haven't been very present here lately because of this little girl! Debra and Niecy were in town for over a week - they just left yesterday afternoon. On Friday my brother Kevin came down from Indiana, making our family gathering almost complete (my BIL Lance was at camp with his church kids).
Niecy is 14 months old. It's a challenging but VERY fun age. She's running around and participating in conversations (although we can't understand most of what she says yet). I've never been involved in a baby's day-to-day life before, so I really enjoyed the week of helping to care for her and getting to know her better. She and Debra stayed at our parents', but I was basically over there any time I wasn't sleeping or at work. My diapering skills are pretty solid now!
We hung out at my house a couple of times and bonded over books and shoes. She's already a girl after my own heart.
On Saturday we introduced my sibs to Jerry's Sno Cones, a Memphis institution that my parents and I just discovered about a month ago. Kevin was agog at how long the line was, but I assured him that last time we were there, it wrapped around the building. It's worth the wait though!
Niecy hadn't seen her Uncle Kev Kev since April, but they bonded quickly.
Yesterday we attended my parents' church as a family. This is the only group pic we have from the weekend.
I'm very thankful to have had such a long sister and niece visit, but I am STRUGGLING now to get back into normal life and feel totally overwhelmed by my to-do list. It's rough when you know you can't accomplish everything for the week, but you can't cut anything out either.