i cannot tell you how many times growing up i had to spell, respell, pronounce (and then eventually give up), telling people my last name. for the record, it’s pronounced kim-uh-lee. it’s german…
anyway, it was so strange after i got married to not be known as “leah kiemele” anymore…..and it’s weird now to see it together…..hmmm…… just a little random pre-thought there for ya…..
SO. on tuesday paul and i met my 2 aunts, deb and kathy, as well as my cousin skyla for dinner at the cheesecake factory, while they were passing through town. this is family on my dad’s side, the kiemele side, hence the random aforethought, and it was SO fun to see them! it had been about a year since we saw them last, at my sister’s wedding, and i’ve said this before, this is what i love about family: it’s like no time goes by. we can just pick up and fill each other in on life so easily–i love it. we laughed and talked and ate DELISH food and, of course, cheesecake, and just had the best time.
more random thoughts: my aunt kathy calls me ‘birdie’. it started because my dad is a HUGE celtics fan and LOVES larry bird (as we all do now..i mean, who doesn’t!?) and started calling me ‘leah bird’ which then morphed into ‘birdie’ and it has stuck with my aunt kathy ever since. i LOVE it. it’s hard to turn ‘leah’ into a nickname and i love that this one has stuck… it reminds me of growing up and how much fun i had with my aunts and uncles, and how much they love me and i love them. such a sweet thing for me….
here are the pics from that night! happy thursday everyone!