Today I went to a graduation party for my next oldest cousin. There's 5 of us, me being the oldest of all of them. She'll be graduating next Tuesday!! Yeah for her!! The slideshow that was played actually made me cry too. I know, a slideshow?! It wasn't the pictures themselves that made me cry, it was the combination of the pictures and the music she chose to go with them. In that slideshow, one of my aunts favorite pictures, was "L" asleep in our blue chair with my daughter in her arms fast asleep as well. They were really tuckered out that day.
I remember the first time I met her in person. I was 12 at the time, she was only 6 weeks old. I traveled with our grandparents from Oregon to Minnesota to go see my aunt and uncle and to meet her. It was my first trip away from home without Mom and Dad. There was a little homesickness involved, but I won't go there. The trip itself was memorable. I still see the many different places that we stopped on the way there and back to Oregon. What I remember the most though, was this cute little girl who LOVED to cry almost every time I held her!! Yes, I will not let her forget it either!!!! I was convinced she hated me. I was 12!! The next time I saw her in person was when she was 2. Her family flew home for Christmas and I went with Grandma & Grandpa to the airport to pick them up. She was a little shy at first, but she didn't cry!!! She even consented to hold my hand as we walked through the airport. We were good buddies.
Now, she's grown up and about to embark on a new path in life. College. She claims she'll be around a lot to babysit my kids (the college she's going to is here in my hometown) when I need her to......yeah, I'm thinking she's going to be too busy. Besides, any free weekends she has she'll probably want to go see "T" if she can (her awesome boyfriend!). I guess we'll see what happens! :)