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Today was my sister's birthday and it was a very bittersweet day for me. She had a little get together and I got to see some family members I haven't seen for awhile which was nice. But it was also the first time I've seen the girls since finding out that they are moving to Dallas in September. My brother in law works in finance and his company is closing their St. Louis branch and they are going to transfer him. He is lucky to have a job but it has been really hard on me as well as everyone else. Anyone who even passively reads my blog I'm sure is aware that I'm pretty attached to my nieces. Not having kids of my own it has been very important for me to have my sister's girls so close. Angie and I were never close but we have bonded so much over her girls.
I know that they will be coming home often and I have a feeling that Ani and I will be making the trip to see them as well. Mike is pretty upset too since he and Kate, the 6 year old have had a mind meld since she was a baby. Kate is a truly fascinating kid with a vocabulary and IQ unlike any child I've ever known. I've decided that she likes Mike so much because he is the only person that she considers an intellectual equal.
Jess is my goddaughter and we have always had a very special bond. I'm the one she turns too when she needs someone to tell her mother that they spilled nail polish on the carpet, which is why I have water all over my shirt in the pictures. I spent 30 minutes trying to clean it up so she wouldn't have to face the music.
My brother was here as well. He just got back from a work trip to India and brought back all the bangle bracelets and the saris the girls are wearing. The black one is mine and I'm going to use it as a curtain in my bedroom. I had a friend's parents from India bring me back some gorgeous red ones a few years ago that I have hanging in the study. I let Kate keep the pink one since it really doesn't go in my house and she fell in love with it. She decided she would decorate her new room in Texas around the colors.