Aunt Dawn, When I think of you, I think of a friend or big sister. I always thought you were so cool. As a kid, I looked up to you so much. Most of my early memories of you are centered around shopping, trips to the beach, watching movies and just hanging out. I felt like the little sister always tagging along.
I spent a lot of time with you when I was younger. I never understood then just how thankful I'd be for that now. As a teen, I remember babysitting Aaron, Sheena and John during the summers. I remember back then, I was glad for the money and the "power trip" of bossing them around. Now, I am grateful for the time I had to spend with them and build relationships.
I remember trips to the beach...riding rides, eating junk, playing games, getting iron on t-shirts. One trip that stands out in my memory was when Aaron was a baby. I remember us stopping at one of those sidewalk artists. You gave them a small wallet size picture of Aaron and the artist drew it much larger in oil pastels (I think). Do you still have that picture? I remember it so clearly. The sweetness of his face. The red and blue outfit. Ah, seems like it was yesterday.
I remember fishing trips, especially when you lived in Chesapeake City. I still remember catching my very first sunfish with a little snoopy fishing pole. That fish was probably only a few inches long, but you'd think I caught a great white shark!
I remember fourth of July fireworks and sparklers in the yard. That was the Chesapeake City house too, I think. Wasn't that the year Aaron turned three? I remember him wearing red swimming trunks and playing in one of those little blue plastic swimming pools we used to get from K-mart. He was having a grand time playing in the pool until the fireworks started. He stood up, pointed to the fireworks and said "See 'dat? 'dat says Happy Birfday Aaron".
Every year as far back as I can remember, when the fire works start, I whisper to myself "Happy Birthday, Aaron".
I have never been a big fan of shopping, but I loved shopping with you. It was always fun when we left the boys home and Sheena and I would go shopping with you. Do you remember the time we went shoe shopping in Elkton? You bought me those hideous faux giraffe fur boots. Those were a treasure to me and I crammed my feet in them until they were at least two sizes too small.
Some of my favorite memories were hanging out with you after the kids were in bed. It always made me feel like a grown up. We'd stay up late watching movies and laughing until we were crying. I always felt so special getting to eat doritos and drink pepsi way past my bedtime. I always felt like you listened to me. You "got" me and loved me for who I was, you enjoyed my company. So often, I felt like a burden and a nuisance, but not when I was with you. You might have thought I was annoying, but you never ever made me feel that way.
Why not a beach or pool themed party?2007-07-26 12:58:32 by --
And give away little buckets and shovels or blow up balls for each kid? Have little swimming pools set up in your backyard for the little ones. We did this for our kids when they were small. Set up the little log cabin as the cabana changing room and grandma/grandpa were the towel giver outers.
We had buckets for food too and a bucket with sunscreen.
It was a blast!
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