It turns out that even if we're not around to see it, other people's kids keep growing. The last time we saw Daniel's brother, Ben, and his family little Nemi was a baby and his sister, Shalom, was still firmly in the toddler stage. I guess I have to admit that a year has passed and my kids weren't the only ones that got older.
Visiting with Ben's family always makes me feel like I wasted all my time studying Spanish in college because I fumble around trying to come up with an intelligible sentence and have to rely on Ben's wife, Diana's much better attempts at speaking English. It's a good thing that Diana is more motivated to learn English and teach it to her kids than I am when it comes to Spanish. I'm hoping that eventually I'll be able to communicate with my niece and nephew, but for now I just smile at them and repeatedly tell Shalom how pretty she is.