Not a new baby for me, silly. I’m a first time aunt. My brother had a baby boy, which made me realize that I never really talk about my brother here, for really no particular reason at all. So…his name is Ed and he lives in California and is a vet. We’re 6 years apart (he is younger) so there’s a sizable age difference between us which means that we never related to one another growing up or really played together other than the occasional annoying karate chop to the leg (by him) and the more frequent fighting and teasing (by both of us). I also moved out of the house when he was 12. I think that’s why I’m so intrigued by the girls’ relationship and how close they are. If you were to ask Claudine who her best friend is, she will tell you that it’s Mia without skipping a beat (Mia might have a different answer, but she is 5 and has her own social agenda after all). But yes, this new baby – a thing to be celebrated for sure, but it was a total surprise to the family so the situation is fraught with tension from my father and has brought some feelings of resentment back to the surface. I’m a bit tired of dealing with family issues after all these years. Why can’t things just be easy?
Speaking of my dad, he just came back from his annual trip to Korea and brought back a mountain of goodies for the girls: really nice oil pastels in a million colors, crayons, pencils, backpacks and pencil cases, 2 huge plush animals that have immediately became the girls’ favorite sleeping companions, and socks and underwear (is it just my family or is it some Korean thing to bring back underwear to the States as gifts?). The girls immediately tore into the art supplies and colored up a storm. Claudine is still drawing her “potato” people, but they’ve evolved a bit. They now have noses, belly buttons, ears and sometimes eye pupils, shoes and hair.
It’s pretty cold this week (relatively speaking). I think we can put away the sandals for good, but it also reminds me of how much of a cold weather wimp I am.
And lastly, if you’re on twitter then you know all about this, but our home is on Design*Sponge today.