Monday, August 18, 2008
My Nephew James
So, my brother and his ex-wife share custody of my nephew James. The only problem with that is that James and his mom currently live in Seattle, WA and my brother and the rest of our family live here in Minnesota. My brother moved back to MN in December 07 and he has been without James for most of that time. They talk on the phone multiple times a day and Matt went out there to visit earlier this year. As Matt says, it's their story and they make it work.
This summer my nephew was able to come to MN and spend 8 weeks here living with my brother and my mom. It was so great! Since Zoe was born in December, James had not met her yet. James actually spent his second day in MN at our house - my brother had to work and did not have daycare arranged until the following week. It was more than our pleasure to have James at our house for the day. He sat on the floor and hung out with Zoe the entire morning. He played with her like he had been around her since the day she was born - it was so awesome!
We all did so much this summer while James was here. We went to a few Twins games, James came to a bunch of my softball games, we had dinners, we had lunches, we went to cheesy 4th of July carnivals, we had root beer floats, we went mini golfing, we spent almost an entire week in a little three bedroom cabin in the Brainerd Lakes area - anything to be able to be with each other and spend time together, because we knew unfortunately that it would have to come to an end.
Zoe and I went to the Twins game yesterday with James, Matt, my mom and my aunt Marion and uncle Rick. It was a great time - we hung out at my mom's house last night playing Wii until I had to get Zoe home. I really wanted to cry as I gave James about 6 hugs just cause I didn't want to let him go. I held back my tears until I was in the car on the way home.
Sadly, James had to pack up and leave us today. He got on a plane back to Seattle this morning - has to get back so he can get ready for the school year to start (he's going to be a first grader).
James is my favorite 6 year old - he is such a great kid and I am really going to miss getting to see him whenever I want. We promised to keep in touch - his cousin Zoe loves him so much. I can't wait until we can take Zoe to Seattle so she can see where James lives when he is not here to entertain her!
We love you James - we already miss you a ton! Kisses and hugs!