I’m in Utah this weekend, enjoying some time with family. It’s a quick trip, our annual school clothes shopping adventure. I’ve been doing this with the girls in the family since my niece AbFab was 6 years old. She would come out to CA and hang with me .. we would shop for school clothes. There are so many things we got for her that we both loved – the fabulous green dress with a scarf when she was 8, her down puffy coat years later..
This year the event occurred with my twin, my two nieces AbFab and LilDarlin’ (my twin sisters daughters), and AbFab’s two darling little ladies Mayonaise and Shanaynay. We did all our shopping in one long afternoon. It’s the shortest shopping trip we have ever had, but it was enough. Mayonnaise kept calling us “The Family”, and wanted all 6 of us to do everything together.. everything. Mayonaise is not a quiet child, I do wonder if other shoppers thought we were part of a polygamist family (we all look so much alike). Either way, a GREAT day, we got everything we needed to go back to school in grand style.
We shopped until 6:30pm or so, then had dinner with my parents. It was so good to see them and spend some time with them. Even though they all live in Utah, they do not get together as often as they would like – They don’t live close and they all have family obligations (kids, jobs, you all know the drill). Anyway, it’s nice when I come into town they make a point of getting together (to spend time with me, how awesome is that??!?) . It was a great dinner.
After dinner, AbFab and my twin went home, and my niece LilDarlin’ and I watched the little ladies. I booked a hotel with a pool so that we could swim (and boy did we ever!). It was late by the time we got to the room, so we just did girls stuff (manicure and pedicure, chit-chat, etc).. . We had a great time at “Paula’s House” (that’s what Mayonaise calls the hotel) – Girls will probably remember painting fingers and toes, swimming, and jumping on the bed the most..
The next morning we got up early and swam for almost 2 hours! We got ready and then headed over to McDonald’s for fries and Payland, finally making it home around 3pm. LilDarlin’ and I relaxed on the couch for a while… then off we went to the Family Dollar for a few things.. AbFab made a great dinner, and after the kids went to bed, AbFab, LilDarlin’ and I hung out and reviewing pictures of past experiences. AbFab left for work (she works graveyards) and put LilDarlin’ and I “in charge” again…. And we did not disappoint!
We got up early in the morning, hung out, and enjoyed each others company. Kids had Otter Pops while I had my coffee, then had yogurt and granola for breakfast.. pizza for snack all before noon. It is so fun being the Aunt – I think that anything within reason is o.k. as long as they treat each other with love and respect.. so a few popsicles during their morning ritual will not kill them.
Anyway, I did have to leave and it was hard. Very hard. I cried as I drove to my parents house. I love all te kids – it’s so hard to not be around as much as I would like to be. But it is what it is, and I will be back in a few months. I do have to say, the weekend would NOT have been over the top fun if LilDarlin’ wasn’t with me – she is the coolest aunt in the world to the girls – they idolize her and she loves them to pieces back. She helped me with their schedules, guiding me on the best way to take care of them… She is such a sweet, loving, and kind person. She is heading into the 6th grade with more wisdom and independence than I’ve seen in most 6th graders.
I did arrive to my parents house at a reasonable hour, had some time to catch up with my parents. I love coming home and catching up with my parents. My mom always makes me a very fondly remembered “favorite meal” and my dad gives me the update on his store – he owns and manages a small computer business in Utah. He’s just moved into a new building and is working hard at building up business at his new location. My mom made me meatloaf with a baked potato and canned green beans. I loved this meal growing up, and it tasted sooooooooooooooo good this evening. She even made one of my favorites for dessert – brownies! We had a great dinner, great conversation, and it’s just so good to see my parents.
Ok.. I’m exhausted, I’m heading to bed in a few minutes. I have a few blogs to write about specific events/experiences.. I will try to get to these on the airplane.. .. I’m heading back to Atlanta for my last week of on-site support for the immediate time being.
Good night folks.