One of the goals I set for 2014 was to spend as much time as possible with my nephew whom I have affectionately dubbed Pumpkin. 

Until you have seen his eyes light up when he hears your voice, you can’t tell me anything about loving this baby. He is the greatest.

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I’ve seen him every single day of this new year so far, and I want that trend to continue, because although I am not his mother, I don’t want to miss a thing.

Yesterday I sat with him as he played in his little jungle, and I watched as he discovered that if he hit the monkey, it would swing in response.

20140102_182831-MOTIONI know I am not the first aunt to think her nephew is the greatest, and I know that I won’t be the last, but believe me when I tell you, this kid is pretty damn awesome.

20140102_152203I want my presence and influence in his life to be a positive one, and I will always be striving for that. It is both a cliche and a Whitney Houston song, but the children are the future.

You know how kids have a favorite auntie? I want that to be me.  And so it shall be.

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