Yesterday, my sister and I took the kids "down the shore" as they say here in Jersey. The jaunt was pretty close to the definition of Summertime bliss.
However, there was a strong side of bittersweetness to the day: my sister left town tonight to begin her new and exciting life in Ohio. (She had been living with us since Christmas).
We will miss her dearly!
We are very grateful for the months we've shared with her.
Jackson and Walker and Hazel will no longer have their athletic, fun-loving Aunt around to teach them how to do summersaults and cartwheels. I will no longer have someone with whom to share a bottle of wine over the latest Bachelorette episode. Our household consumption of Nutella will probably go way down :(
Most of all, we will all have to seriously adjust to the strangeness of not having Erin's sweet, funny, kind energy in the house. We love her so!
We definitely feel the part of our family that is missing tonight. But we couldn't be happier or more proud of Erin for boldly chasing her dreams, and making them come true. She is an inspiration!
First and second photos by Erin, the rest by yours truly.