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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Sister, Chrissy

Life was the most chaotic when it was Chrissy's birthday and I didn't get to do a tribute post about her so I am going to do it now. While LeeAnna was my introduction to babies, I was only 5 so I couldn't do much with her when she was a newborn. I was seven when Chrissy was born so I was able to feed her and change her so she really felt like she was mine. It was like having a live doll. Chrissy was the youngest of 5 girls so she really never had to talk until she was about 5. We all talked for her. What is funny is that I remember her talking when she was little and only the sisters understanding her. She was a "Mommy's girl" even back then and a homebody for as long as I can remember. She loves comfy clothes and slippers and manages to make them look like the newest fashion trend. She could make wearing a garbage bag look like the most beautiful piece of clothing and she always has a cute hairdo. She reminds me a lot of my mom in that way. Growing up, it could be 7 o'clock at night and no one could find her and that's because she crawled into her bed and went to sleep and was done for the night. She is still a lot like that. Then at the crack of dawn, she'd be up for the day. Even today, she is my first phone call of the day and I wouldn't have it any other way.
I don't remember when she and I became as close as we are today. I don't remember a lot of when she was in high school because I was already in college and I was living on my own when she was in college.  She was always close to Leo (she was 10 when we started dating) so that helped when we got married. She was over at our house a lot and when I started having babies, she was a rock and so helpful, I credit her to staying sane...especially when I had the twins. All of my kids loved their "Aunite Kissy" and still do. I remember vacationing with her once in Vegas and even now, it was one of the best vacations I have ever been on. She and I are so alike when it comes to knowing what we need to make us happy and we like the same things on vacation: sitting by a pool with a frosty drink, good food, visiting the spa and a little bit of shopping. We did go to a club and it was fun but when we were done, we were done.

She is one of the strongest people I know. She stands firm in her beliefs and opinions and if she doesn't feel right, she'll let you know. When you think of Chrissy, you think of loyalty. When Chrissy lets you into her heart, you are there forever. There is NOTHING she wouldn't do for you. She is the sister you call when you are mad and you want someone else to be mad with you...even if you are wrong. Even now that she is a mom, she still offers to babysit for my kids which I think is crazy. I love, love, love that Gia and her son Vinnie, who I am the proud Godmother of, love each other so much. They will be close because Chrissy and I are close. We try to see each other once a week besides the Sunday dinners and it gives us a chance to talk and a little break while our kids play. Even though, Gia is my 4th and Vinnie is her first, I still call her with issues about Gia. It's nice going through this with someone you love so much. I always knew from how she was with my kids that she'd be a great mom and she is. Vinnie is very lucky to have such a dedicated mom. She is expecting her second baby next year and I can't wait to see her family grow. We tease her a lot and tell her that Ricky, her husband, must have the patience of a saint but the truth is, she loves him and loves Vinnie so fiercely, I think they are the lucky ones.

Chrissy, if you are reading this, I have watched you grow from the baby of our family to a beautiful wife and mother. You are one of my best friends and I'm so glad I get to share this time with you. Love you!


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