9 hours ago
We saw Jess and Kate for the last time today before they head to Dallas next week. Needless to say it was difficult for me. We'll see them again for Thanksgiving if not sooner but knowing that I won't be able to run over and see them for a few hours whenever I want is very painful for me. After they left Ani said that she was sad that they are leaving but she thought it could be good for her too. Her little wheels were turning as she realized that there would be more of Aunt Paige to spoil her now and she likes that idea.
I took the above picture of Jess running on the farm last fall but I thought of it today as they were leaving. The one below is of Kate and Ani who have really bonded lately. They were both wearing little black vests today which I thought was cute. It is so interesting for me to see them develop their own styles and quirks. That is what I will miss most. It has been important for me to be a balancing influence to the girls. As I've said my sister and I have always been polar opposites. She is ultra conservative and I am ultra open-minded, hence the nickname crazy Aunt Paige. Today Jess was calling Kate weird which she does quite often. She told her that no one in the world was as weird as she was and I heard Kate say that Aunt Paige was just as weird. She said in what I took to be a proud voice that "I take after Aunt Paige." I hope she continues to confidently be as weird as she wants to be.