Thursday, December 18, 2008

Day 11 - {a most adorable niece who knows just what to say to melt my heart}

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This is my gorgeous sister Mandy and her two beautiful children: Ari and sweet new arrival JJ. Aren't they delicious?

I am grateful for all my beloved nieces and nephews (I LOVE BEING AN AUNT!), but today I want to talk about Ari. :)

She is so fun to talk to on the phone. She'll just go off (for 10 minutes if they let her) talking about all kinds of things and you have no idea what she's saying. It is hilarious and so cute.

She was my little buddy this past summer at our family reunion. Mandy was big and pregnant, and didn't have Tapa there to help, so Ari and I hung out a lot and had a blast.

Now she's given me a new reason to adore her. . . .

 

I gave Mandy a DVD of "Emma" for her birthday, one of our absolute favorite movies.Emma

She called me to tell me that they were loving it--having watched it 2 or 3 times just this week. . .

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AND she told me that my brilliant and adorable niece Ariella Rose enjoys watching it, too.

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Every time they turn it on, for the first few minutes she points at the screen and says, "Shell? Shell?"

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Yes, my sweet niece thinks that I look like Gwyneth Paltrow!

{sigh of absolute delight}

I'm going to sleep well tonight.

I love you, Ari!!

7 comments:

Christian Baker said...[Reply to comment]

Except you don't require makeup and fancy clothes like what's-her-name does! Love, Chris

Maria said...[Reply to comment]

That is so sweet! How fun. I too am a Jane Austen fan. In fact, this summer I got on a kick and watched all the movies of her 6 novels that were available at the library or that I own. It was a lot of fun.

snbjork said...[Reply to comment]

Michelle, I'm so glad to hear that you're fulfilling your duties as an aunt properly! Teaching sweet Ari what a good movie truly is. =)

I heard that there is a new Emma movie out. And Sense & Sensibility. I haven't seen either, but I have heard from two of my friends that S&S was really good, so now I can't wait to see it!

Amy Kay said...[Reply to comment]

Michelle, I think your niece is right. You do look like her, but you are more beautiful. :)
I hope you guys have a great Christmas, and Happy New Year. I need your address so I can get your Christmas card mailed, I don't think it will make it there by Christmas though, sorry. I hope you are well,
love always, Amy ;)

Andrea said...[Reply to comment]

What an insightful niece to see how beautiful you are. It is so fun that you are so close with her. What a tremendous blessing.

Andre said...[Reply to comment]

That is awesome!! What a compliment!

The Grand High Budge Mom said...[Reply to comment]

So fun, Michelle! I was just showing the post to Tapa and then Ari joined us--sure enough, when we scrolled down to the pictures of Gwyneth, Ari started saying, "Shell? Shell?" :)