For some reason this picture makes tear up a little bit. Maybe because deep down inside I know that Alea will, one day, want to venture out into this world on her own. And that thought completely breaks my heart. Cory and I tell her everyday that she can live in our basement until she’s forty if she wants to… but I have a feeling that my increasingly independent and adventurous little girl won’t be taking us up on that offer. The only thing we can do in the meantime is prepare her as much as we can for this crazy world of ours. And give her lots and lots and lots of snuggles.