I got to spend the evening back in my hometown with the niece and nephews. Somehow it worked out that they were all at my parents’ place so I got to love on them all.

As soon as I walked in the door, Charlie’s little face lit up and he held his little baby arms up to me. He’s growing up so fast, it’s astounding. Today, he’s 14 months old, he’s been walking for a long time, talking more and more everyday, and a complete monkey. He’ll climb anything that he can, couches, tables, bookcases, trees. Yes, trees, it seems he’s been trying to climb a tree in his front yard.

One that doesn’t actually have split branches, lower than five feet but, he thinks he can do it. I obviously nicknamed him Monkey Butt for all the right reasons.

Tre was laid out on the couch, napping, but woke up fairly shortly, he crawled into my lap and told me all about his day, his life, his still going obsession with Big and Rich. He tried to convince me to listen to them with him but, my CDs were all here. Instead we wandered outside where he jumped on the trampoline for a few minutes. Then back inside, where I got to hold the new baby.

Colson turned 10 days old yesterday, and he’s just as sweet and snuggly. He snuggled into me, his eyes, wide open, taking it all in. He’s really alert for being so little. His little head kept popping up as he looked around at the various noises. Poor little guy was born into a loud enthusiastic family but, he seems to be taking it all in stride.

Kyrsie showed up later, right as we were getting ready to leave and head to her house, so we all piled out, leaving my parents in peace in quiet. They’ve now had an empty nest for about a month for the first time in almost 31 years. They’re adjusting to it but, Daddy sounds awfully sad when he talks about how quiet the house is.

I miss living close to all of them. It’s hard to be living a whole hour away. If I had my way, I’d build a family compound, where we all had our own houses but, lived on the same land, where the kids could go from one house to the other, without leaving the fenced in area.

If the money fairy, or the lottery, ever drops into my lap, I’ll have one of those. And my dome home, painted like a lady bug but, I’ll have to share all that another day.

Oh, as for Sasha’s question: He’s right here, I’m just trying to be more independent than I used to be. I’ve become entirely to dependent on everyone else over the years, and it’s time I become my own person. The whole reason behind this is a long drawn out thing but, honestly, I’m working things out mentally.

Hope you have a great day and weekend, as I don’t know if I’ll have access over the weekend.