My Niece

My eldest niece Katelyn is just a couple weeks shy of three years old. She is the daughter of my sister, who sadly lives all the way across the country in Arizona. That means I only get to see them a couple times a year. My sister, brother-in-law, niece, and parents all came to Baltimore for Thanksgiving. It was fun having them here. I wish they lived closer so I could see them more often. Here’s some pictures of some of the fun we had while they were here.


Here’s a picture of Katelyn and her Aunt Danielle (me).

We walked over to the park a few blocks from my house every day. Katelyn had a great time playing on the slides and climbing. She was also very fascinated by the pine cones and leaves since she doesn’t see those in Arizona. She wanted to stomp all the leaves and pick up all the pine cones.



We also enjoyed some time at some local neighborhood establishments. Katelyn liked the “Katelyn-sized pink (though they’re really red) chairs” outside Atomic Books. She also had a great time running around the store while her Uncle Paul was buying a book. Sorry to all the other shoppers there at that time. She also loved the big, pink flamingo hanging above Cafe Hon, which she determined was the mommy to the flamingo guitar in the window of HonTown. Pink is her favorite color if you haven’t figured that out yet.

Katelyn also had a great time just playing with stuff around my house. She found this hat that was part of my husband’s Halloween costume last year. To her it was alternately either a cowboy hat or a fireman’s hat.

Katelyn holding all the things.

We also enjoyed some Christmasy goodness while she was here. We normally don’t put up our Christmas tree until the first weekend in December, but we decided it would be fun to take Katelyn to pick out our Christmas tree and help decorate it. We always get our tree from Valley View Farms, so we headed up there on Friday to pick out a tree. Katelyn was enthralled by all the ornaments in the shop. She picked out an Oliva ornament to put on our tree and Cookie Monster and Elmo ornaments to take home for her tree. Here she is putting the Olivia ornament on our tree.

We also walked around the corner to see the lights on 34th Street. The official lighting wasn’t until Saturday night, but my sister, brother-in-law, and niece were leaving for home then, so we walked over a day early and saw the houses that were already lit. Here’s Katelyn and her mommy looking at the Christmas lights.

I had a great time with my niece. Hopefully I’ll get to see her soon, though I suspect it sadly won’t be until sometime in May or June after her little brother is born.


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