2.26.2011

.Proud Auntie.

Did you read the title?--That's me! I am a very proud auntie of my precious nieces and nephew. Would you like a post filled with picture after picture of their sweetness? Oh good, me too! I will start with photos of the little darlings how they looked when I first met them.

It all started with Evelyn. Adam's sister Naomi and her husband Brett welcomed Evie as their first child. I was lucky to have met her back in 2006 when she was still at the "baby" stage. Here she is at 1 year old. I remember Evie talking this trip..she had the cutest voice I had ever heard. Evie tried her very best to repeat everything, and I mean everything, we said to her and with each new accomplishment and failure, her cuteness was overwhelming and I was in love. Naomi asked me to change her and after I got Evie in her adorable new outfit, I noticed about 5 minutes later her shirt was not the way I put it on. I mentioned it to Naomi and she softly giggled and said, "I didn't want to tell you, but her shirt was on backwards." Go me. In my defense, I had never really changed a little kid before so I simply laughed. Oh the memories.
Next baby born belonged to Brett and Naomi..again :) They were blessed with another beautiful girl named Lillian. Lily, was just 3 months old the first time we met. I was still only technically "girlfriend" status but the Miller family welcomed me in as one of their own early on. Lucky for me because I got to love on this precious face. I remember Lils smiling, just smiling. She is the happiest baby I have known and I pray one day I will have one just like her! It was hard for me to give her up to someone else when she was snuggled so warm and close in my arms. Oh I miss this little one.
Guess who had baby number 3? That's right--The Williams family :) This time, Brett and Naomi had their very first boy. I now have a nephew named Lukyn, Luke was short. I just met this little man over Thanksgiving on our family trip to Minnesota. Luke was 7 months old and what a stud! He was just like Lily, happy happy and happy! He was not crawling quite yet but Luke would slide his little bootie across the hardwood floor by waving his arms in circles on his sides..they were his little propellers! Loved his smiles, love him.
Only a few short months later and I gained another niece! This time it was on my side of the family. My brother Scott and his wife Kim had a baby girl named Emma. She was such a beautiful baby, everything to her little ears all the way to her nose, just beautiful! I got to visit my new niece when Emma was exactly 1 month old. It seemed she was in my arms the entire visit and simply slept on me and with me. Best snuggle buddy I've had in a long time :) Here she is when I first met her. I loved learning about her this trip, I tried to take in as much as I could about her face because I knew it would change fast and did it ever!
Before I show more recent pictures of these little kiddos, I have one more niece or nephew on the way! YES!! Adam's brother Nathan and his wife Maria are expecting their first child in a week--one week! I am so thrilled for their little family of two to become a family of three! Be on the look out for pictures of the baby soon, so so soon! In the meantime, how adorable is my sister in law?
Here are more recent pictures of my nieces and nephews from the past few months.
Lily (3), Luke (7 months), and Evie (5) at Thanksgiving 2010. I love these children and I cherish the times I am with them and all of our crazy conversations. Evie is only 5 but she is going on 14 with the way her mind works, it truly amazes me. Lily is a 3 year old who loves being the center of attention. If I were as cute as her, I would too :) The interaction between Evie and Lily is priceless and I am so thankful for a sister in law who documents their funny quotes and tells story after story of these two. Luke is a big boy and what a sweetheart. He will melt your heart the first time you hold him. So thrilled to see his personality develop and to watch as he learns to crawl and walk! There is so much to look forward to with these three!
Fun Uncle Adam time!
Some relaxing time with little Emma February 2011.
Look at her face! Emma is learning to smile bigger and bigger these days and it is so hard being away from her. This picture is the most recent of Emma at 5 months. I have visited Emma on long weekends for each month of her little life. I already squeezed my February visit in but I have a feeling I'll be back soon! She is learning so much and has become a pro at using her hands to grab and hit toys (and pull into mouth!) and has been an excellent eater! She was just starting rice cereal a few weeks ago and I loved watching her little tongue figure out just what to do with it. I am finally seeing a little bit of my brother in her but she mostly has her momma's good looks :) Just love that face!

And now some pictures with the people who love them the most, their parents :)
This photo was just taken a few weeks ago. Pictured: Adam's sister Naomi, brother in law Brett, Evie age 5, Lily age 3, and Luke 10 months.
Matching colors! 
Emma being loved on by my brother Scott and sister in law Kim.
I am a proud auntie and I love it! Only wish all my nieces and nephew lived closer than Minnesota and Chesapeake Virginia..no idea how the grandparents do it!! Siblings please smother your kiddos with hugs and kisses from Auntie Katie and give them my love!

This post seems over, right? Well..even though the family tree takes a few turns and even stops, I have a few honorary nieces and nephews to share with you! Are you ready? Here we go! Let's begin again with how they looked when I first met them.

Meet Jason. He is the son of my dear cousin Jessica and her husband Rob. Jess has always been a big sister to me and Rob has been in the picture since I was 9 years old..they are special people. They welcomed Jason in the world 3 years ago and he is a little boy who is full of life!! His personality will have you laughing out loud within seconds of meeting him. Here he is at just a few weeks old sporting santa's suit for his very first Christmas. This boy has grown too fast! Why do all babies do that?
Adam introduced me to his good friend James during our dating days. James then introduced me to his amazing wife, Lynette, who has become a dear friend. Guess what! They had a baby boy 3 years ago too! This is Christian and you may have read the post here about his 3rd birthday. I watched this little guy for a summer during his baby days. Those days are over and we now have a very smart and studly 3 year old! 

Jessica and Rob welcomed their second AND third child last year. Twins. How cool?! Meet Jacqueline. I am not sure who was "first" but what I do know is she has been the most content baby. As a newborn she would simply sit or lay just looking at the world around her. Not a peep out of her, just a happy child full of smiles. Not much has changed, she remains the lover of the two girls. I got to spend a few days with the girls and big brother Jason when the girls were a month old.  
This doll is Olivia. Here she is a month old. Olivia is very out going like her big bro! She loves attention and will perform on command by just about anyone who tells her to sing or to clap! Olivia went through a phase of only wanting Mommy and I am happy to report she ALWAYS was happy in my arms or my lap, she knows me, she knows how much I love her..we have a bond. 

Adam did it again, he introduced me to his good friend Ben and along with Ben came his beautiful wife Hannah. I was lucky enough to have met Hannah during her pregnancy and our friendship took off just in time for when their first baby was brought into the world. This little guy is Jack Manley. Hands down the coolest name ever. Jack lives in town so I have seen him grow and change month to month. One thing that has remained the same, Jack has been a happy boy! We love Jack Jack.

And now more recent pictures of my honorary nieces and nephews.
Summer visit with the Herb kids! Olivia 6 months, Jason 2 1/2, and Jacqueline 6 months. (our attempt at a group shot!)
Adam and Olivia 11 months old and Jacqueline pictured at 11 months.
Jason at 3 years old! (eek, that grin..just love him!)
Summer visit and at Christian's 3rd birthday in January 2011.
Jack pictured at 5 months and again at 10 months old.
And now a few photos with their parents:)
Jessica and Rob with their kiddos celebrating Jason's 3rd birthday and the girls' first birthday!
James and Lynette with big boy Christian Christmas 2010.
Ben and Hannah dressing Jack Jack Winter 2011.

I need to stop finding photos on facebook and just walk away ;) I could literally post 100 pictures of these adorable babes and I would still want more..I love them all to pieces and both Adam and myself have enjoyed being "Aunt" and "Uncle"..so many amazing memories ahead with all of them, we are so blessed! 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know the little ones in my life. I would love to hear some auntie and uncle loving from you, so please comment sharing some information on your family, I'd love to get to know you all more! 

Have a wonderful weekend!
P.S. Parents feel free to correct me on ages..I think I got them all right but you know us Aunties, sometimes we need a little help :)


10 comments:

  1. Oh what great pictures!! I know you are so Blessed by all of these sweet looking people. Great Blog. Glad I found it!

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  2. Awwww, love this post! Especially the pictures of that cutie pie named Emma ;) All such beautiful little ones!

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  3. oh my goodness.

    i have fallen head over heels for your blog.

    especially your DIY crafts.

    i have one that i like in particular, your felt flower tutoiral.

    LOVE IT.

    i just wanted to let you know that you were featured today on my blog GreenSubmarine.

    now everyone will know where to come to find your aweseome tutorial!

    - a n g i e -

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  4. Great post (but then again, they ALL are)! Christian is so lucky to have 2 aunts and an honorary Aunt Katie! I guess that makes you my honorary sis :) I wish we could move to Lynchburg so you can teach this next baby how to sit up like you did for Christian haha!

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  5. What a gorgeous set of kids you featured here...especially your FIRST neices and nephews! Wow, aren't they special!? I laughed at remembering your putting E's shirt on, Katie! I BARELY remembered that...I didn't want to make you feel badly...it was so kind of you to help!
    I think you have to go steal some more photos off of fb now to update with the fabulous Lucy! She's going to start to feel left out... :)
    Great Post!

    Much love,
    Naomi

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