Gina is the youngest of her, my dad and uncle. It is funny how you see yourself in nieces and nephews. I can see things that are like me in my brother and sisters kids, and I can see them in my kids. I am not just like my aunt Gina, I am pretty much her clone. She has two boys, but if she had a daughter, she wouldn't be more like her than me. I do things all of the time like her and don't even realize it. She has always been so much fun. She, and my mom's brother Jimmy, were 14 when I was born so I kind of grew up with them. I always looked up to her and wanted to do everything with her.
She is sweet, considerate, fun and somebody I am proud to be compared to. I have had A LOT of fun with her. I do have to tell this story and I know she will be mad at me because any time I bring it up I know she doesn't like it, but I just have to. Like I said, I wanted to be with her all the time when I was little. We live near a big lake and I loved to ride in her car and look at the boats. She would take me wherever I wanted to go and do whatever I wanted to do. This was one of those times. I was around 2 or 3. And, what happened wasn't her fault. It was all mine and she was just being a good aunt and taking me to see the boats. Well, I don't know if I got impatient, or curious about the door handle, but I somehow opened the car door and fell out during the ride. It scared her absolutely to death! She says her first fear was that she had run over me after I fell out. I know what a lot of you are thinking, and you are right, it explains a lot that I fell out of a moving car and onto my head. I was fine though. She got me to the emergency room and I was completely fine. Some of you may disagree and now think I probably had some kind of head injury they didn't see! I know she hates that story, but it wasn't her fault. She was only doing what I love her for, being a good aunt!
She used to tease me too when she would say she was my favorite aunt. She would always follow it with, because I am your only true, blood aunt. She's right. I have a lot of blood great-aunts, but she is my only aunt. I always laughed at her when she would say that, but you know what? I say it now to my sister's kids (it doesn't work with my brother's because Bethany has a sister) and think of her every time!
I remember so many things she has done for me. Growing up, we were always together just like it is now with my sister and brother and their kids. I have so many memories of holidays, trips, and just weekends spent together. She has problems with her back too, but when I got married and moved into our first home, she came over and hung the wallpaper. There are too many things she has been a part of to count. I had such a good childhood because I had so much family around that loved me. I feel so blessed that my kids have that now. Them being from a broken home, it is so much more important for them to have a lot of family around. And they sure do! I talk about us living on the same street. Well, my grandparents are only about 4-5 miles away. My aunt Gina and uncle Eddy are in close walking distance. Some people may think this is too close, but I don't think so. I don't think you can ever have too much family and loved ones around. Especially when you are raising kids!
Don't be mad at me, Gina, for telling that story. It is definitely not all I remember! I love you!
I am not sure how old she is in this picture. I would say early 20's.
This is a picture of her in high school. I LOVED her long hair. Mine was so thin and wouldn't grow when I was little. She would sit with her back to mine, and hers was so long she would throw it over me and I would brush it like it was mine. I was a really strange child!
This is at my sister's wedding. I love this of the three of us. My sister's 4th child's (Sadie) baby pictures look like Gina's baby pictures.
These are her two boys. Joe on the left and Adam on the right. I wrote about Joe's son, Luke, in a post about his Christening. They love their mama!
These are the women on my grandmother's (my dad's mom) side. In the back from the left is my great-grandmother, Nanny, then my mom, my aunt Loulie, my cousin Leslie, and sitting down is Gina, my aunt Harla holding me, and my grandmother, Betty.
I have talked about my uncle Eddy, here he is with Gina. I love to see that smile! Although, when it is that big, he has probably just told a dirty joke!