Oh, my beautiful nieces.

Before I begin: you’re going to see photos of two of the three of my nieces. I was only in town for one day, and sweet Taylor was so busy with school work and sport practice I didn’t have a chance to plague her with my camera. So she’s absent from this post but certainly, not from my heart.

First: Samantha. She LOVES the snow that Fayetteville got last week. Andy took her outside to tromp around in the little that was left. She LOVES stomping on the snow — the sound it makes and the fact that she can make it disappear by stepping on it. At one point, her dad started throwing these tiny little snow balls at her feet and she couldn’t stop laughing about it.

Oh, this baby. She is SO cute and SO funny. She has a little language all of her own and chatters away to you, as though you understand exactly what she’s saying. She’s just fun to watch.

The main reason for my visit was to see Alex be presented on the court for Colors Day, an event at her High School. This was very exciting for everyone. She looked unbelievably beautiful and I was so proud of her. Brains, kindness, personality, AND beauty — what’s not to love? She humored me and let me take photos while she was getting her hair done.

Look at her profile! She’s stunning!

Her father escorted her and was so visibly proud. Awww, look at those photos. I was so happy to be there for this. I wish there was some way to pull Arkansas closer to Illinois so I could see them all more often. I get so sad driving back…the baby changes so much in between visits, even when it’s only been a few months, and the girls will be off to college in no time at all. I can’t help but wonder if I’m going to look back at this time and wonder why I spent so much time away from my family — yet I feel that the job I have here at the school is important…it’s hard to know what the right timing is for a move back.

Just thinking about CHANGE makes me squirrelly. Let’s talk about something else, shall we? Who’s coming to the Vintage Bazaar on February 27th? If you’ve been jonesing for estate sales, yard sales, and flea markets, this event is for YOU! Don’t miss it!

February 22, 2010 - 7:10 pm

Shannon Those pictures are amazing! No moving away and leaving me at school! How dare you speak such nonsense! Although, if you do think of leaving, give me a heads up so I can leave too!

February 24, 2010 - 11:20 pm

Leilani OMG does she go to FHS?? That’s my alma mater! I don’t think any other high school has Colors Day though I could be wrong. I never was on the court but I was in a club (the 26 Club) that organized the dances and the voting for the courts so I presented the awards. 🙂

February 25, 2010 - 6:12 pm

Lara Jo Yes, she does go to FHS! Does the gym look strangely familiar? And the 26 Club girls were the ones that presented the flowers to the girls on the court. I am once again reminded of how small a world it is!