She was Minnie Mouse for Halloween.
She is pretty much the best niece in the world, and we're lucky enough (both us and Joel's brother's family), that she chose to come to college in our little town.
Because she is one of the sweetest girls you'll ever meet. She loves to help me out with anything and is always willing. She helped me do some baking for Bria's baptism, she will watch my kids in a pinch (even if I try to steal her car), and she is just plain really fun to be with.
On Halloween, when she could have been spending time with her much cooler friends, she came trick-or-treating with us.
And she actually trick-or-treated, too. She came away with quite the haul in that blue pillowcase of hers.
And then she organized a candy swap with the kids while we were at Joel's brother's house afterward for our second annual after trick-or-treating spaghetti (spook-etti?) dinner. The kids totally loved this activity, and Aly got a lot of the good stuff out of it, too. This proves that she is very, very smart.
(Yes, that is the de-scarecrow-ified Joel sitting on the couch there with the People magazine, completely oblivious to the bartering going on under his still-painted nose.)
Yeah, Aly is awesome. Everybody loves her, and I am extremely grateful to have her in my life.