This picture was taken in October, 2007. Jaden is five, Alix is 7 and Allyson is 8 months. Jaden and Alix are the children of my niece and nephew-in-love, Katie and Brian, and Allyson is the daughter of my nephew, Jared, and a young woman whom I also love dearly Misty. Allyson has an older half-brother, Braden.
Jaden and Alix are CRAZY about Allyson! They live so far apart and rarely get to spend time together, but when they do, the older kids can't get enough of Allyson! Alix wants so much to 'mother' her, but Allyson prefers Jaden because she is accustomed to having a boy around. Both kids love watching after her. I don't know that I've ever heard either of them complain when asked to help watch her.
Let me share a precious story with you about Alix and Allyson. During Christmas, 2008, Alix wanted so badly to be able to bring Allyson all kinds of toys for Christmas. However, their family finances were tight and, although they brought a gift for Allyson, they couldn't afford a lot.
Allyson LOVES kitty kats; I mean she LOVES them! Her Nanny and Pappy (that would be my sister Charlotte and my brother-in-love Ricky) have several and therefore Allyson thinks EVERYONE should have! Alix went through her 'gently used' things and picked out presents for Allyson to bring to Tennessee for Christmas.
She picked a little tote with KITTY KATS on it and chose things that would have filled it from her favorite toys! When our whole family gathered for our Christmas, my BIL told us the story and, of course, everyone cried. Is that not just one of the sweetest little things you have ever heard? A child of eight who will go through her things and pick out her MOST FAVORITE, wrap them with all the love and tenderness she can muster and bring them all the way to Tennessee for her little cousin, whom she has barely met!
I know I am highly prejudiced here, but honestly, I do think that is a sweet story! These kids are the light of my life. All I need do is think of them, and I smile. Of course, they joined the ranks of my niece and nephews in that respect! Since Terry and I never had children, the children of my sisters were like our own. I may never have grandchildren, but I have GRANDS!!!!!