My sister's family has been living in London now for almost 2 years. I hadn't seen my nieces since we visited them for Christmas 2006. I've missed them so much! They are here visiting, so I spent the day with them on Wednesday. It was great!
Ashley is the youngest at 4 years old. She speaks with a British accent. I wanted to capture it on video, and I asked her if she'd say, "Aunt Anne Marie is the best aunt in the whole world!" She said no. My dad offered her a dollar if she'd say it. She said no, but she'd do it for 20 pounds! Our little extortionist. We're so proud!
Here you can hear a bit of her accent. Well, what you can hear over Leah's piano playing!
Leah (8) and Emily (6) were bouncing all over the place and showing me all their gymnastics tricks. I decided to show Emily that I can still do a cartwheel. I wish I hadn't. While it was perfectly executed, I discovered that in my older age, I need to stretch first. A lot. And it didn't exactly help my rib issues.
Leah took this picture of Ashley and me:
She also took this picture of her mama, my sister:
Ashley likes to pose:
Caroline (10) was with her dad at a dental appointment, but once they came home, we girls all headed out to Claire's so Leah and Emily could get their ears pierced. Apparently, Claire's is the epicenter of all things tween. It was like the Disney Channel threw up in that store with all the Hannah Montana, High School Musical, and Disney Princess junk.
Leah bravely waiting for her piercing:
Emily nervously watching Leah's piercing:
Grandma (my mom), Caroline, and Ashley spent the time looking around the store:
Leah proudly shows off her pierced ears:
Emily freaked herself out with the anticipation of pain:
A happier moment:
Then... my camera's battery died. I didn't get a picture of Emily sporting her new earrings. I only had that one far-off picture of Caroline. But I'll see them again this weekend to have more fun with them and take many more pictures!