I get to babysit my niece, Aubrey, for the weekend and I’m so excited! Her parents (my brother, Ed, and his wife, Denise) are going out of town to celebrate their anniversary and Abby & I are going to stay at their house. I’ve never watched Aubrey before. I can’t wait. I think we’ll have a lot of fun hanging out. I’ll finish her doll blanket tonight and maybe we will bake bread together. She’ll have fun doing that—kneading the dough and seeing it rise and then eating it. Maybe I can set her up with her own knitting needles and yarn to do her own thing so I can knit my projects without “help”. They have some pretty young kittens (gotta get Elvis fixed) and I can’t wait to get my hands on them! So, I’m sitting here daydreaming about the fun things I plan to do with Aubrey when I suddenly realize that I am the spinster aunt who comes to stay when the parents are out of town—complete with knitting bag and baking supplies and little lap dog. I just have to pinch her cheeks and leave lipstick marks on her face. I’m a rebel, though, and might have just enough Uncle Buck in me to keep it interesting.
Update with pictures! That's her new doll blanket with the kitty ("Blackie") wrapped up in it.