Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Inspiration: Nieces & Nephews

All six of our nieces and nephews came to visit this past weekend.  Two of the boys are my sister's kids; the other boy and the three girls are Todd's sister's kids.  This was the first time they'd ever met.  I think it took all of ten seconds for them to become fast friends, playing football, tearing lobsters apart with their bare hands, toasting s'mores, and playing Apple to Apple.  

A strange thing happens when the house fills with kids.  I time travel back to the best moments of my own childhood, of course, but I also find myself very much in the moment, soaking up every bad knock-knock joke, fake burp, and curious question.  Sunrise is sweet when shared with a little girl who tells me to "look at all the pink."    


  1. what lucky lucky lucky kids to have be loved by such a wonderful aunt and uncle ... to spend time doing all the fun stuff ... just look at the pure joy in their beautiful little faces! their time on the island with you will be the best memories ever for them ...
    smiling for all of you,
    prairiegirl xoxoxo

  2. Wow~Wonderful day with the young ones.
    Adore kids...keep us feel so youthful!
    ps: Gigi,apparently there's a creep who is been using 'LENORENEVERMORE' to leave comments on other blogs...just be aware which one is legit ok...
    Anyway, hope you have a lovely day! ~xo*

  3. oh dear ... maybe i should have done a little proofreading first? my mind gets going and my fingers don't keep up ... or something like that ...
    so let me do that first sentence again ...
    ahem ... (clearing my throat) ...
    what lucky lucky lucky kids to be loved by such a wonderful aunt and uncle ...

    hope you are feeling better today, gigi ...
    with much sincerity,
    pg xo

  4. What a fun fun time.....days with cousins and nieces and nephews are so memorable...!! It looks like everyone had a fabulously awesome time together! Have a great day! xxoo

  5. They have a lot of fun and so i can see ,they are shell hunting .
    Is this good English ??
    Love from Rini the Netherlands

  6. They are all so cute and what a wonderful place for kid to play. I'm sure you all had a blast and special memories were made.


  7. Prairie Girl is right - what lucky kids! No doubt they were spoiled and will forever cherish the memories made throughout this wonderful weekend!

    Hope you are better today!

  8. What beautiful nieces and handsome nephews you have, Gigi, and what fun to have them visit.
    Looks as if you all had a great time on your beautiful island. Were they collecting sea glass and shells like the ones you sent me ? XXXX

  9. What CUTIES they are! Lovely, sweet faces! I always love it best when all our nieces and nephews come to town. We have quite a lot these days, too!

  10. Oh that looks just wonderful. They will always remember their time with you both. Childhood is a collection of all these moments.

    Beautiful children too, loved the photo's.

  11. That looks like a fantastic day! Hanging out on the couch, shell hunting, fire on the beach, and to top it off, S'MORES! Lucky kids indeed!

    These are photos that they are going to cherish as they grow older. I especially the "laying on the beach rocks" and "just got caught with a s'more" haha.

    Hope you're feeling better!

  12. how wonderful ... they will sure always remember this great time spent together .. I love having my nieces and nephews around ... I love the thought of participating buildin up lovely childhood memories for them ...

  13. Beautiful photos! Looks like a fun-packed day!

  14. They are absolutely beautiful and your photography exquisite.

  15. ...and sparklers too! It looks like a wonderful time was had by all! Children are inspiration indeed...as I am sure you and Todd are inspiration to them:)

  16. Oh, what happiness! Such sweet, lovely kiddies... Isn't it great being aunt & uncle and days like that? Thank you for sharing this sweet time with us...can almost taste the s'mores...mmm... Happy Days :o) ((HUGS))

  17. This is love, in it's purest form. ; )

  18. These pictures are wonderful! Makes me want to be a kid again.
    I can't wait to have sunrise moments with my new little niece...it will be a few years yet, but there is so much to look forward to.

    I can't remember the last time I had a s'more! I'm way overdue.


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