Friday, May 05, 2006

When the hell did I become such an involved aunt?

I volunteered (for some unknown reason) to babysit my nephew, Gunnar, for a few hours this morning. I don't know what possessed me to do this, since the child is like an ADD kid on crack who freebases 5 lbs. of sugar day, but I volunteered anyway. My sister-in-law dropped him off at 7:00 this morning and I braced myself for the worst.

But truth be told, he was fine. It was my own child (Grace) that made me want to harm myself or just start doing keg stands by 8 AM. But here they are, the partners in crime, at the park this morning. Don't let their cuteness fool you. There were all a pain in the ass at some point. LOL!

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And although Grace is only 4 months older (and obviously a girl), she towers over him by about a foot, weighs (literally) 20 lbs. more than him, and is way more "boy" than he'll ever be. My nephew's a wuss. Who knew? LOL!

This afternoon and evening was pure hell. Grace & and Hannah were overtired and cranky as all hell. If I would've had to hear one more child throw a tantrum, tattle on another child, or fight, I swear to god, I might have loaded one of Steve's hunting rifles and put myself out of my misery.

But despite the day's, um, "challenges", I did manage to snap a few pictures that reminded me of why I love being a mom so much.

Here's Grace in her T-Ball uniform. Her first game is tomorrow morning and she's soooo excited.

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And here's Hannah being cute. And it sucks. Because seriously... how can you yell at a kid that looks at you like this?

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Oh, and did I mention that last night AND tonight, my other nephew, Tommie (same dad as Gunnar... different mom...), slept over at our house. I love the kid. He's 15 and an absolute doll, the girls adore him, and he's a great kid. But he doesn't shut up and had me up last night talking until almost 1:00 in the morning.

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Hell, come to think of it, maybe the kids weren't that bad today and it was just my sleep-deprived self that made me feel like running far, far away...


Kimmykay said...

I hate dealing with kids and being sleep deprived. In my head I know their behavior, although always annoying, I can usually blow off when fully rested and a couple of cans of caffine in me. Sigh. I've been sleep deprived too much recently. Kids.

Chelle Y. said...

Hey, you must be a cool aunt if a fifteen year old teenage boy wants to stay up and talk with you all night. I know, you are cool, aren't you!

I know why Gunnar is like an ADD kid on crack, he's wearing a Boston ballcap. Just kidding! At least it is not a Yankee's cap. Heheh!

I have a question. Do you still have problems getting into my blog? I have had people mention it, and I was wondering if you were too!

Have a great weekend. Your daughter's are adorable!

Amber said...
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Amber said...

That was me up there. Sorry.
Ahem! I was saying that I am no good to ANYone if I am tired (ah, like now?).
And this is obviously your problem, too, because your girls are little angel-kittens! Look at them!


beth said...

I swear it's always the cute ones. I bet Hannah knows exactly when to flash those big blue eyes to keep you from strangling her. It's a gift.
Way to go Gracie, showing up your cousin! Rachel can take my nephew any day, too, and I'm so proud!

Chelle Y. said...

Oh, Allison, I was going to say that your wall looks like mine (the one with your girls pictures on it). I have taped pictures of Brendan all over my kitchen. People may think it's cluttery, but I love them. :o)

Alien said...

Chelle, that's the playroom. My goal is to cover every square inch of those walls with their wonderful creations. I LOVE them! I should take some pictures of the actual walls. They make me happy. :)

Chelle Y. said...

You take a picture of yours and I'll take one of mine. Those precious pictures will not be made for me forever. That is why I do not care that they are all over the place. They are precious, aren't they?

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