It has taken me FAR too long to publish this post. I feel AWFUL, that is for sure. This is one of the most important posts I'll ever make.
So, I have been seriously blessed with the most AMAZING family in the history of families. I had a very special childhood, with a ton of family gatherings with my extended family. I was a little firefly with long blonde hair who was always in a dress. Seriously- have I told you guys that? I didn't wear jeans until I was in like 4th grade. Literally.
Anyways, I have this really funny memory... I must have been about 5. I was all dressed up with my hair in braids and my older cousin, John, told me I looked nice. I paused whatever I was doing and said "I KNOW!" and promptly continued prancing and dancing and doing whatever it was I even did. Prancing seems about right. Maybe went and ate a corn dog or something. Don't worry, I've since learned manners and the proper usage of "Thank-You," and my family actually kept me around (whew).
So, fast forward a few years. I stopped prancing (not really, I still sort of cartwheel everywhere I go), and my cousin John decided to marry this GORGEOUS blonde, Andrea. And they proceeded to have the cutest kids of all time. Their family is seriously something I can only dream for some day. I have not always been certain that I want children (something that makes my parents a little nervous on the grandchild front). However, I started babysitting for them a few years ago, and it has honestly made me absolutely certain I must have a family of my own someday. Granted, that someday is really undefined... but I know when I am ready, a family is absolutely in my future. When I first started babysitting, it was Jack and Naomi... who I just adored. The pic below is of the three of us at a fashion show I did for a local boutique. They braved the cold to watch their cousin Kelli's big day: