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23 June 2010 @ 09:04 pm
Girl's Afternoon  

While Papa Tom took my boys to an indoor arcade and go-kart track, Mom and my niece Brenna and I all decided to have a girl's afternoon out and go do girly things.

Brenna is a very girly girl.  She is precious and precocious and doesn't understand my penchant for hyperbole.

She got to have a manicure. Pink fingernails with little white flowers on the thumbs.

And she got to have her toenails painted.  She chose turquoise, with little white flowers on the big toes. 

We then went to have tea, and Brenna chose a pink petit-four.

That pink icing never stood a chance.

At some point in the afternoon, Mom and I lost control of the conversation.  We were asked somewhere around a thousand questions, some of which were, quite frankly, unanswerable.  And some I'm still thinking about.  She told us after tea that she had to get home to go to a super secret emergency meeting.  When Mom asked what it was about, she answered simply and without any guile, "Granny, it's secret."

We had a conversation about ladylike manners, and at one point she demonstrated the way her little brother might attack a little pink, iced cake.

Me.  Oh, Brenna.  Heavens to Betsy.

Brenna.  (blinks) Aunt Carrie, who's Betsy?

There were a million other exchanges much like this one.  She's a very literal girl.  And I'm somewhat prone to the dramatic.  It makes for an interesting aunt/niece dynamic that involves a lot of me explaining myself and a lot of Brenna looking at me like I'm nuts, which may or may not be true.  I love that girl, though.  She may have a five year plan to rule the world.

I wouldn't know.  I wasn't invited to that super secret, emergency meeting.
I feel:: tiredtired
I hear:: Wall-E
seegrim: twirlseegrim on June 24th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
Oh, Carrie! How precious. It's a blast being an aunt, isn't it?

I'm so so glad you're having an enjoyable visit, and darling, you look great! :D
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on June 24th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
I don't. I cropped that picture, liek woah.

But being an Aunt IS wonderful, for sure.
seegrim: Yay!  Elephant on trampolineseegrim on June 24th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
You're a dork, but I say that lovingly.

Today is my first full day of the 'Food is for Losers' tour. I'm doing great. You're my inspiration. You and Sharlene. You're both just rocking the diet and exercise.
Sharlenemynuet on June 24th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
My oldest niece and I have a special phrase - "Are you being weird again?" It comes in amazingly handy.
Carrie Leigh: I talk to myselfcarrie_leigh on June 24th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
That might be something we use in our foreseeable future.
Jessica K Malfoy: pretty: tea cupjessicakmalfoy on June 24th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
heeeeeeeeeeeeeee! TOO CUTE! they are so precious at every age and sometimes it's hard to appreciate it all until it has passed.
Carrie Leigh: Beautiful Womencarrie_leigh on June 24th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
True story.
Elle Blessingwayelle_blessing on June 24th, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
She's darling. Also, I can't wait to hear the conversations y'all have when she gets older :D
Not a lady at all: wordy: princesscosmo_jenny on June 24th, 2010 10:06 am (UTC)
I don't know how your niece is but she sounds like my almost-goddaughter -age: 11.
O Demanding One: Express: Content ♥  Blinking Little Girlheyurs on June 24th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)

*giggles* You weren't invited to that super secret meeting...too much!

Girl's time away is priceless!