Maddie has two older boy cousins and a younger girl cousin arriving in September. She ADORED her cousins. She thought they hung the moon.

Spencer is three years older than her, old enough to know Maddie and appreciate her. I hope with all my heart that he remembers her. Danny, on the other hand, was less than a year older than Madeline, so I don’t think he’ll have any memories of her. Luckily, we have videos of them playing together.

Back in March I made an ill-fated attempt to make Maddie shriek (long story) and my little point and shoot camera fell in a fountain. I was pretty pissed because it was totally my fault. I put the camera aside to dry off, hoping that it might eventually work again. I forgot about it until yesterday. It suddenly hit me that there were dozens of videos on the memory card, videos I hadn’t gotten around to uploading. So I grabbed the memory card, put it in my card reader, and held my breath…and it worked. Over eighty videos, many I hadn’t seen since the day they were taken.

This will be one of the first videos I show Danny when he’s older. It was taken on Christmas morning, after all the presents were opened and the toys assembled. So of course, Danny and Maddie wanted nothing to do with the toys. They were more content to play with the packaging and talk to each other in their special language.

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Who knew cardboard could be so fun?