My little niece! This little girl was the first to steal my heart so fully, well before I became a mommy myself. I am in awe of how grown up she is now. She's a sweet, spunky, smart (too smart sometimes), caring, nurturing little girl. She has a wonderful imagination and I love to watch her play.
The other day I was at their house and she was in full ballerina mode from her hair in a bun to her toes in ballet slippers. I must interject here how proud I am of my big sister: she let Ava go to the store wearing this getup (with only a change of shoes and the addition of a jacket). There was definitely a time this would not have been an approved choice, but she's letting her kids be kids, and I love that about her!
Oh, goodness, this little girl looooves babies! LOVES. She is a natural with Lucy. Just look at this big girl holding my baby -- and I wasn't even nervous!
I love you, my sweet Ava girl!