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For anyone who might not already know, I have three amazing step-children.

My step-son Anthony lives with his wife and daughter (the Amazing Miss Hailie) about an hour from us. He is the oldest of my step-kids.

My step-daughter Katy lives in the same town as Anthony, with her mother and step-dad. She is the youngest of the steps.

Although we don’t get to see them as often as we’d like, we consider ourselves pretty lucky to get to see them pretty regularly.

The middle child, though, the lovely and unsinkable Erin, currently resides in Canada with her Canadian husband. Circumstances allow her to come “home” for about a week or so every year, into which she crams as much visiting and catching up as she can.

She spent last week in the hometown of her brother and sister (which is also where Erin lived and attended school), getting caught up with her friends and family there.

This week, as of yesterday, she is spending time with us.

With her arrival yesterday, she also brought her younger sister and her niece, the recently-turned two year old Hailie, that none of us can get enough of. Katy and Hailie will be with us until tomorrow afternoon, when they have to return home. Erin is staying until Sunday, when she will fly back to Canada.

Today has been loads of excitement, considering the weather is rainy and we’ve all been cooped up in the house together. My laptop and I have been maintaining a respectable distance from the majority of the commotion by remaining in the dining room.

I’ve been uploading pictures of the merriment, toys, movies and hugging that’s been taking place. About twenty minutes ago, though, all of that changed...

The quiet in my house right now is AMAZING. I would have snapped a picture of Katy and Hailie all napped out, too, but they‘re behind a closed door and I’ve lived long enough to recognize “pushing my luck” when I see it.  

Suffice it to say that while everybody else is getting prepared for Round Two with a two year old, I’m enjoying the bliss that only silence after a toddler can bring.


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