Sunday, November 09, 2008

Minnie Mouse

This is our niece Aly. I've known her since she was in elementary school. I taught her voice lessons while I was still dating Joel.

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.


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Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Isn't it great to have help sometimes. It sure is a bonus when they are sweet and pretty too.

  2. And no guy has snatched her up yet? I'm amazed. :) She's beautiful and obviously inwardly beautiful.

  3. Awh... she seems like a real winner.

  4. Ok the next time you guys come we have to get together. My kids really want to meet your family, I show them your blog all the time. love the pictures and Ally is a great person.

  5. Ok, you win!! I don't think I would have taken it if my mother-in law had not told me too. I have already started to have contractions, and getting dehydrated will make the contractions worse, so "the pink" stuff it is. I too am hoping that this gets better soon!!

  6. She does sound like a sweetheart. I wish I had someone I was related to that lived here. And I wish I still subscribed to People Magazine too!

  7. I want an Aly!
    I love the picture of her down on the floor with the rest of the kids, how fun.

  8. Oh my gosh, she is adorable! I love having a fun aunt/cousin/niece around!

  9. Aly looks so adorable in her costume! She is the sweetest. I wish I had her closer to us.

    (Joel reads People?)

  10. Cute, cute girl! I would love to have someone like that in my life who was around!