Oh my beautiful beautiful cousin, Hebby, who makes me giggle, who reminds me of myself (but a bit more giggly), who has the most gorgeous eyes, who is going to do big big things with her life, and who makes me feel....SO OLD! Yes, my baby cousin that I remember baby sitting and spending countless days watching Blues Clues with when I was in high school. This very same cousin is now going to be a freshman in COLLEGE! This weekend she will taking a big step and moving into her first apartment. I know she's nervous, but I also know how this is going to change her life. Here she will begin to truly find herself. She will make new friendships that will last a life time. She will learn how to cook Ramen noodles...and anything else you can fix in a microwave in 10 minutes. She will miss family and high school friends terribly, but it will make her appreciate them even more. She will stress, cram for tests, study harder then she's ever studied before, and believe these professors MUST think this is the only class she has. She will probably be like me and embrace wearing pajamas to those early classes...or at least sweat pants (and then quickly realize not to schedule early classes). Okay...and she may go to two or three parties...but she will be a very good girl at those parties. She may be nervous and not sure that she can do it, but I KNOW she can. That was me. Excited, but scared to death. She will quickly learn to balance cooking, cleaning (maybe not that part), laundry, studying, class, and a busy social life filled with amazing new friends. It will be stressful and hard at times, but it will all come together. Heather...I'm so unbelievably proud of you and I'm not that far away. I can fix a really good country dinner. Maybe not quite like Angie's, but still good! You and Chris are welcome at our house any time!!!!!!
Did I mention she giggles....A LOT!?! I love love love her laugh.
Here's the little girl I remember. Some how she shot up before I had a chance to realize what was going on. The picture on the left is the year before I graduated high school. The picture on the right is the Christmas after I left for college.