I have a memory of my niece that I will never forget. I was a senior in high school, and my niece was about a year old. For whatever reason, I laid down on the living room floor. My niece, sucking vigorously on her pacifier, came crawling over to where I was, stood herself up against my side, and stared at me. I picked her up and laid her down on my chest. She immediately let out a big sigh, closed her eyes, and fell asleep within minutes. It was awesome. I laid there for a long time. That was eleven years ago, and now that little girl is quite tall (in my opinion) for a sixth grader.

My sister and her two kids (ages 8 and 12) came out to visit Jill and me last week for a few days. On Saturday, we decided to head out to Santa Monica to spend the day at the beach. We had a great time!

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My nephew wasn’t so much for the whole posing for photos thing…

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So instead he pulled on his sister’s hair.

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“Ok, it’s time for a break from photos,” I said. And he was outta there!

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