Sunday, June 21, 2009

made it

i am sitting in the family room at my sister's house in los angeles. i arrived yesterday after a roughly 16 hour drive. i am thankful for chuck and gage and their willingness to make the trip with me. it was not too bad. i didn't ever feel like i wished it was over until we got into the city and i was driving. man, i can't imagine driving in that kind of traffic all the time.

can i just say, the drive was worth it?!?! i think you can get that from the photo, though.

i made my sister leave the house solo today, while david had to finish some things up at work. (actually, once i proposed that i stay home with the baby and allow her some time to herself, she ran to the store to pick up the last few things for the first dad's day dinner. i was the lucky chef) he was a little fussy in the beginning, but after a few burps and one spit up, he was sleeping soundly. then we had our first photo shoot. i love looking into that mirror and seeing myself holding him. he's everything i knew he would be.

it's been a lovely evening. watching my sister and her husband with their son is a truly wonderful site to behold. they are natural parents. and it was an honor to get to cook something that they both truly enjoyed (even though they had to eat in shifts...).

i can hardly believe i am an aunt. i love him more than i can express in words.


Gail said...

Awwwwwe! Eli looks so huggable! Enjoy your time there!!:)

Lily said...

Reading your latests comments has brought tears to my eyes! Eli is so lucky to have you for his auntie.

The Real Mother Hen said...

I admit, I admire you for surviving a 16hr drive without complaining! :)

You're a great aunt too! You have so much love in you, as can be seen in this post.

Monika said...

Awe, such a cute picture! He looks so relaxed on your shoulder!

Jack K. said...

What a wonderful family. We are truly blessed.

I must say we are envious of you being able to hold that little guy. We can hardly wait to be with him again. Not sure when that will take place.

You are a wonderful aunt. You are right about how he will steal your heart.

Thanks for the photo.

Love ya,


Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

Hi Shannon, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog. I must say, you look very comfortable with that little guy! Congratulations on being a new auntie. I know how looooong that trip is. Our son lives in Tigard and we have made many an 11 hour drive to see them... but its soooo worth it! (:

Becky said...

THat's quite the drive, but what a reward at the end -- he's so cute :)