This ranks as the Number One Great Thing that has happened since I've lived in my house.
I became an aunt.
Best gig ever.
Before I held my sweet niece for the first time 16.5 years ago I seriously didn't know that I could love anyone that much.
That same wave of love crashed over me when my nephew was born two and a half years later.
The above photo was taken when the Cubs won the National League pennant in Chicago last month. How grown up they are!
I worry that I don't spend enough time with them. No excuses - between my jobs and other obligations and their sports schedules and school and social lives and the fact that they don't need babysitting any more we need to work on time together.
Which I'm pledging to do now.
I could spend all night posting photographs of these smart, kind, amazing people....I'm also aware that they might not want a ton of pictures of their young selves for all of the world to see.
I made myself hone it down to a few of my favorites....
Molly's First Communion - I'm lucky enough to be her godmother.
Quick-draw John showing how it's done at the O-K Pez Corral.