My sister and I often joke that we accidentally got each other's daughters. Her 9 year old, Miranda, is so like me at that age. She is the oldest child, well-behaved, quiet, conscientious, considerate, a bit of a perfectionist, very funny in an understated kind of way, and would spend an entire day crafting or with her nose in a good book if she could.
Taite, like my sister, is the youngest child, boisterous, sassy, opinionated, emotional, an absolute fiend for candy and sugary treats, loves to decorate for holidays and special events, loves to cook, and would never spend an entire day doing any one thing because, hello? Bor-ing!
Because she reminds me of me, and because my poor sister doesn't know a Cricut from a Cuttlebug, I have taken it as my duty to indoctrinate Miranda into the world of crafting and scrapbooking. Two years ago at Christmas, I helped my sister put together a huge box of scrapbooking supplies for her. This year, I convinced my sister to get in line with me at 3 a.m. on Black Friday to buy Cricut Expressions on sale - one for me, and one for Miranda. My gift to Miranda this year was a handmade, personalized sketch book and her very first Xyron machine.
So you can imagine how proud I was to receive this a few weeks ago:
I imagine it was similar to the way my sister felt when Taite asked her for her granola recipe.