I do these special posts when my nephieces turn 13. It's a big year, and it's a way to make it extra special and introduce you to my now-teenaged nephew, Z. Many of these photos were taken by my sister.
He asks good questions. He can be a very good helper. He loves fruit. He's at his best when he has one-on-one time with the people he loves.
And he's been entertaining us since we met him.
Here are a few Z quotes:
"Mama, there's a little bit of moth guts on your wheel ... that's what happens sometimes ... you know Daddy ran over a caterpillar at our school the other day and it was only trying to cross .. (shrug)." --Z, age 4
He thought long and hard about his wish and then just before blowing out the candle he said out loud, "I wish I could be SELFISH!" After he blew it out, he said, "I mean ... NOT selfish." Darn ... does it still count?? --My sister sharing what he said on his 7th birthday.
"Mom, but I'm so full! I'm F ...A ...L ...M, full!!" --Z, age 6
"You know how I think about my stuffed animals like they are real with feelings? Well I guess I think about our house that way too sometimes and it makes me sad to think about how our house and our yard feels that we are leaving it and how all the kids and parents who love our house are just never coming back. And maybe the house is crying quietly about it all because it knows that it is going to be very quiet and empty now without our family." --Z, age 6 :(
"I'm not WILLY (really) your husband, J. Don't keep calling me 'Honey.'" --Z, age 6, to his sister J when she wanted to pretend they were married.
"Check email and keep her kids safe." --Z, age 7, answering the question of what his mom does for a job.
Happy birthday, Z! We love you!
[I'm pretty sure these posts get longer with each nephiece--it's not favoritism, I just get more into it, I guess!]