There's been a couple of important milestones in my family in the past couple of weeks. The first one I've held off from writing about until the new parents have let everyone know their exciting news in whatever way they want be it by net, phone or carrier pigeon. It has been a little over a week now so I believe it is safe to announce the birth of Lily Elizabeth, my little sister and her husband's first baby, born September 27th at 6:55pm, weighing in at 7 lbs. 13 oz. and measuring 19.5 inches. We couldn't be more excited to welcome the newest addition to our family and we can't wait until we can make the trip to go see them all. Congratulations!!
My girls were super excited to add another girl cousin to their total. Currently the boy cousin to girl cousin ratio is 4:3 taking into account both their maternal and paternal cousins; in their minds the girls are still out numbered. Including the three of them though and the girls are clearly winning the battle in my family. Lily makes 5 grand-daughters in a row for my parents, my older sister has three kids, two boys (the two oldest grand children) and a girl. That's a lot of girls!
The other milestone happened this past Saturday, October 5 and that was my Dad's birthday. If you want to read all the good stuff about my Dad you can read it here, in my Ode to my Father. Sometimes it surprises me how much like my father I've become. I'll often do something or say something...or even just make some random noise that will stop me and cause me to think, "That was just like my Dad." My mannerisms, intonations and sounds could be recordings have his. Fortunately I'm glad that the similarities are not just outwardly, at least I hope not because my Dad's character, personality and integrity are standards to strive for and I can honestly say that if I end up like him I'd doing well for myself.
So here's to a happy birthday to Lily and my Dad and to many more to come!!
Oh yeah - there's another milestone tomorrow but I'll save that one...here's a hint though...