March 11, 2015

I’m an Aunty – Meet Audrey Joan

I’m an Aunty – Meet Audrey Joan. Anna Johnston -

Almost everyone I know told me being an Aunty is basically …. The BEST thing since bacon. I know…… ‘WhaaaaT!!!’ was my response too.

I’m an Aunty – Meet Audrey Joan. Anna Johnston -

Those who know me, know I am not really a ‘kid person’, so you can imagine my shock to realise that I’d trade all the cups of coffee in this world to be able to spend a few moments cuddling my gorgeous baby niece while looking into her big beautiful eyes and wondering what she’s thinking. (Pretty sure she is acknowledging just how awesome it is to have me as an Aunty. Haha!)

I’m an Aunty – Meet Audrey Joan. Anna Johnston -

Meet Audrey Joan Johnston, (she’s an AJ too #boom) the most adorable and cute little bundle of joy I have ever met. Yup, that’s right, I am currently experiencing a love that up until Sunday 1 March, 2015 I didn’t know existed. Baby AJ weighs 3.10kg and was 50cm long, (possibly a little more now she is a week old). I knew my sis in-law was a legend, but I have a whole new level of respect for the woman now, (how she fit in Ms M’s belly astounds me…).

I’m an Aunty – Meet Audrey Joan. Anna Johnston -

I have noted a couple of bonuses about being an Aunty so far.

Your get to:

  • Cuddle and kiss and treasure until your heart is overflowing with gratitude and love, then hand them back – very reluctantly in a, she’s so cute NOT I want one of these pooping machines kind of ways.
  • Feel an overwhelming sense of pride not only towards the baby, but to her parents and your parents too. I am so incredibly proud of my amazing brother. Seeing the love, admiration and delight on his face when he is with Baby AJ. #amazed He’s a natural!
  • Watch in awe and amazement as she changes each and every day, and knowing that you aren’t responsible for the ‘serious stuff’ just the ‘fun stuff!’ (While paying out your brother and sister in law about the different characteristics that she has taken on from both of them #doryface)

 I’m an Aunty – Meet Audrey Joan. Anna Johnston -

To celebrate Audrey, I have decided I will buy a bottle every year for the cellar, so when big things happen in her life, we’ve got something special to crack.

I’d love to know, what do you think I should start collecting? Sparkling, red or white wine, fortified wine or sticky dessert wines?

2015: Henschke Henry’s Seven Shiraz Grenache Viognier Barossa SA
2016: Helm Tumbarumba Reisling Canberra District ACT

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Sophie - March 31, 2015 Reply

Congrats, new auntie! The baby looks lovely & pretty cute! Congrats to the parents too!

I just am again an auntie! His name is Basiel! I now am an auntie to 2 lovely boys! xxx
It is the best feeling in the world, right?

    Anna - April 1, 2015 Reply

    Thanks lovely Sophie! She is one cute little bundle of joy, and I’ll be sure to pass along your congrats to Audreys Mom & Dad. 🙂

    Yay to being an Aunty to baby Basiel, what a lovely name.

    Totally the best feeling in the world. 🙂

Jean | Holy Smithereens - March 24, 2015 Reply

Aww Audrey Joan is adorable and I love her name too! And you look like a natural carrying her as well. I love being an aunt! You get to play and do fun things with them but the ‘not so fun’ stuff is covered by the parents 😉 I predict you and little Miss AJ will have lots of quality time and mischievous bonding!

    Anna - April 1, 2015 Reply

    Isn’t she just, Jean! 🙂
    Surprised me too just how natural it felt, feels to cuddle her.
    Being an Aunt is shaping up to be one of the best jobs around.
    And I do very much hope so, I look forward to that quality time, and I cant wait until she talks. 🙂

Sue - March 24, 2015 Reply

She is absolutely adorable! Congrats on your new role and I would suggest some lovely red. 🙂

    Anna - April 1, 2015 Reply

    I have decided that for her first year I will buy a magnum of fancy bubbles and every year there after a red. Thinking the wines will all be Australian too.

    And thank you Sue, she really is gorgeous! 🙂

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - March 23, 2015 Reply

Congrats on the birth of you niece, Anna! Little Audrey is such a cutie!
Being an aunt is like being a mother without all the responsibilities — which is awesome!
Enjoy your niece a lot. Time flies… and soon she will be walking and talking. You’ll see!

    Anna - March 24, 2015 Reply

    Thank you so much Denise. She really is a cutie, haven’t seen her for a week now, but the photos say she is getting big, actually fitting into her clothes. 🙂
    The time is flying, she is nearly a month old. Wow.

giulia - March 21, 2015 Reply

this post is adorable! I have fallen so in love with my nephew it’s indescribable! I have also started collecting bottles of wine for him so he can open them when he is older!

    Anna - March 23, 2015 Reply

    Wow, thank you so much Giulia, I really appreciate you stopping by. 🙂
    That’s brilliant, love that you are collecting wines too. We should totes compare wine finds over the years.

Agness - March 21, 2015 Reply

Congratulations sweetie, so so so cute baby!!!! <3 Are you a mom as well?

    Anna - March 23, 2015 Reply

    I’m not a Momma Agness, just one super proud and so in love Aunt. 🙂
    And yes, Audrey Joan really is the sweetest little bundle of joy I have ever met.

Amanda - March 18, 2015 Reply

Congratulations Anna – I think you are perfect Aunt material! I’m told there is a similar joy to be found in grandkids, but I’m in no hurry to find out. 😉

    Anna - March 20, 2015 Reply

    Why thank ya Amanda! I do rather like my new found title. 🙂
    Haha… Plenty of time to get your ‘Grand’ title on. LOL

Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel - March 18, 2015 Reply


    Anna - March 18, 2015 Reply

    And to you Kelsey! Hope you had a rippa day. 🙂

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - March 17, 2015 Reply

The only thing better than babies is someone else’s baby that you can borrow and then give back when you’re tired. 🙂 Honestly, is there anything that smells better or is softer than that baby? Bet not. She’s adorable!

    Anna - March 18, 2015 Reply

    Hahaha! Yes, that really is a bonus, all the fun times and zero responsibility for the crying and the poops and midnight feeding. LOL! And couldnt agree more. She really is cute as a button! 🙂

Raymund - March 17, 2015 Reply

So cute, congratulations Auntie Anna

    Anna - March 18, 2015 Reply

    Isn’t she just Raymund! 🙂
    And… Thank you, I very much am enjoying my new title.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - March 15, 2015 Reply

She is a real cutie pie Anna! I can see that she will get some wise advice from Auntie Anna in a few years to come 😉

    Anna - March 16, 2015 Reply

    Isn’t she just, Lorraine.
    And I do hope so, I look forward to when she can speak and we can converse. 🙂

Gourmet Getaways - March 15, 2015 Reply

Aww…babies are the prettiest things in the world 😉 Happy aunt’ying!!!

Julie & Alesah
Gourmet Getaways xx

    Anna - March 16, 2015 Reply

    This little baby surely is! 🙂
    Thanks heaps Julie & Alesah.

marcela - March 14, 2015 Reply

Oh! She’s so beautiful! Congrats!

    Anna - March 16, 2015 Reply

    Thanks so much Marcela. She really is the most gorgeous little bundle of joy. 🙂 A very welcome addition to the family.

Mabel Kwong - March 14, 2015 Reply

Congratulations on becoming an Auntie! It looks like you have a comfortable pair of arms – your niece seems to like it as a bed 😀 I am sure you’ll be a great aunty and spoil her with lots of little cute things. Congrats and best wishes to your brother and sister-in-law too. It must be a great time for them as a family 🙂

That sounds marvellous, buying a bottle of wine each year in celebration of your niece. Maybe she’ll share a bottle with you when she’s older.

    Anna - March 16, 2015 Reply

    That was possibly the BEST thing, the first time I gave her a cuddle, she seemed really comfortable with me, she enjoyed being in my arms. 🙂

    Audrey coming into our lives has been really special, lots of family time which makes me uber happy.

    Teehee, yep, think of the wonderful dinner parties we will have, drinking 18 or 21 year old wines. Such fun!

Bam's Kitchen - March 14, 2015 Reply

Congratulations Aunty Anna and to mom and dad too! I don’t think little sweet Audrey Joan will be spoiled at all… wink…wink… just love those photo shots of her, she is such a sweetie. The best part about being an auntie is you can spoil her rotten and then just return her back to mom and dad… Have a super weekend!

    Anna - March 16, 2015 Reply

    Teehee… Not at all re the spoiling. LOL!
    Oh I hear that, don’t think it possible to snap a bad photo of her. 🙂
    I love that I get to spoil her rotten, then hand her back for the ‘hard stuff’.
    Super weekend had, thanks lovely lady, hope your weekend was fabulous too.

hassan - March 13, 2015 Reply

Some things in life give again force to life. Remember for Audrey swedding, invite all these your friends anna. Congratulations.
Welcome Audrey.

    Anna - March 13, 2015 Reply

    Thank you Hassan. Audrey is a very welcome addition to the family.
    Wishing you a super weekend. 🙂

Hotly Spiced - March 12, 2015 Reply

Congratulations to the new parents and to you on being an auntie! Excellent news. AJ is gorgeous! What a sweet baby girl. I do hope her parents are coping with the adjustment to parenting and that Audrey is settling into life outside the womb xx

    Anna - March 12, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Charlie, I will pass along your well wishes to my bro & Ms M. 🙂
    Audrey is amazing, she is mostly a happy little baby, reckon she is digging being out in the world, she is smiley and very alert already.

Krista - March 12, 2015 Reply

Oh HOORAY!!! How wonderfully fun and exciting!!! So thrilled for you, luv. 🙂 She is absolutely gorgeous and so cuddlicious. 🙂 You must be in heaven. 🙂 And here I thought for sure you’d be stocking up with craft beers instead of wine. 😉

    Anna - March 12, 2015 Reply

    Thanks lovely lady! xoxo
    She really is the cutest little baby, I adore her. 🙂
    Craft beers…. I wouldnt have thought they aged more than a year or two. The wines will go the distance.

My Inner Chick - March 12, 2015 Reply

You look like a fun, adorable, wonderful Auntie!! xxxxxxxxxxx

    Anna - March 12, 2015 Reply

    Thanks a bunch Kim. 🙂
    I have just ordered us matching Wonderwoman onesies. #best

Mandy - March 11, 2015 Reply

Aww, Anna, AJ is just a perfect wee bundle of preciousness. Treasure these special times hon, these tiny tots grow up too damn fast!
Brill idea about the bottle collection. I have 8 (well technically 10 but hey ho) nieces and nephews now so would to start now from the past 13 years would break the bank. Reckon I will however steal your idea and do it for my gorgeous godson. Just have to find bottles from the past 2 years.
Have a beautiful day darling.
🙂 Mandy xoxo

    Anna - March 11, 2015 Reply

    She really is the most delightful little person I have ever met. Rather surprised to find I have so much love for someone I’ve only known a week. 🙂

    Ha, yep, reckon its a bit late to start the wine collection for all 10 of your nieces and nephews, but get on the something special for the godson, 2 years should be easy enough to do.

    Hope you enjoyed your travels my friend. Looking forward to catching up on your adventures. Hugs and love across the oceans. See your face in about 7 months. xoxox

Kris - March 11, 2015 Reply

Thats just beautiful! And yes, Audrey Joan is so darn special.
I’m looking forward to sharing in on these bottles of wine. Champagne and reds for the milestones.

    Anna - March 11, 2015 Reply

    You made that, pretty impressive I reckon. 🙂
    And heck yes, so looking forward to sharing the vino with you, it’ll be amazing to see your baby girl grow up.
    Love you, and congrats little bro.

Lizzy (Good Things) - March 11, 2015 Reply

Ah, that’s exciting! And such a beautiful little bubby too! I was an aunty from the age of four! It’s great!

    Anna - March 11, 2015 Reply

    Isnt she just, those cheeks… And her big beautiful eyes. Sooooo much love. 🙂

    Wow, you were an Aunt from 4?! That’s epic. Although, I know who to call for advice now.

Maritta - March 11, 2015 Reply

Thanks for this lovely update Ms Anna.

Congrats on becoming the first Aunty in the whole World!!! Hahaha!

It is such a great feeling.

Also, please give your Mum big Congratulations and a hug from me.

Take care – I can tell already that you will be posting updates about beautiful AJ for sometime to come.

Cheers, Maritta

    Anna - March 11, 2015 Reply

    Haha…. Thanks Maritta, I LOVE my new found title, Aunty Anna has a nice ring to it, I reckon. 🙂

    I will be sure to pass along your congratulations and hugs to Mom.

    And yes, I will try and be controlled with my Aunty updates, but for now, I wanna share with the world. LOL!

Jo - March 11, 2015 Reply

Welcome to the world little AJ (^_^)

Your Mum and Dad have a new boss of the house and Aunty Anna has plenty of reasons to spoil you rotten!

As is fitting for this special kind of wonderful, a bottle of Bollinger shouts “Thank God you’re here”, (at least for the big people) or perhaps keep for her first birthday?

I do think a bottle of Grange would be a fab investment for future milestones… but if the budget won’t allow a nice bottle of Port.

Congratulations Anna and the whole Johnston family
(Miss Audrey you’ve chosen well)

    Anna - March 11, 2015 Reply

    Secretly (not at all a secret…) I very much look forward to legitimately shopping in the toy section without judgement, and buying those baby onesies… Argh, so cute! 🙂

    Now that is a solid idea Jo, I like the idea of buying a bottle of Bolli for the big people to celebrate on her first birthday.

    I will chat with Cheffie re the Grange, maybe a baby Grange, that would def be a much cheaper option. Excellent suggestions lovely lady!

    Thanks heaps for the kind and beautiful message, baby AJ has indeed chosen well. :):) xoxo

Elizabeth - March 11, 2015 Reply

WOW!!! Anna, congratulations, that is soooooo cool and yes you are absolutely correct she is gorgeous! Aunties do have the best jobs… I’m an only child so no being an Aunty for me, unless I find a nice man who has siblings. 🙂 But my Aunties are awesome and they are the absolute best ever… Im sure though that you will be 10 times more amazing!
Liz xx

    Anna - March 11, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Liz! Yep, she is the cutest most amazing little person I have ever seen. All the loves and feels for her. 🙂

    Nawh… Fingers crossed I am good at being an Aunt, (and you find that nice man who has siblings) I have about a bazillion other amazing woman who hold the ‘title’ too.

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) - March 11, 2015 Reply

Congrats – Anna – what a lovely idea – I reckon a mix – the best of the vintage – otherwise red, as it ages the best.

But, remember what you do for the first one you have to every other niece or nephew! 🙂

Enjoy – I have no children – by choice – my brother who has three – now all in their 20’s – spent their childhood telling them that ‘Aunty Rachel was allergic children!”

    Anna - March 11, 2015 Reply

    Thank you Rachel, I didn’t expect to experience all the feels I am, but dang she is a sweetheart. 🙂

    I was thinking reds, but I do like the idea of a mixed collection featuring the best of the vintage.

    Haha, yep, I will start collections for the other nieces and nephews, food & wine themed of course. Got it planned already. 🙂

    LOL! I think everyone was expecting me to be allergic to Audrey too, but I had everyone all misty when my bro asked me what I thought of he,r and answered almost blubbering – I love her, soooooo much. Ha!

Hannah - March 11, 2015 Reply

She is sooooo beautiful!!!

I’m so excited to be an aunty soon!!!!


    Anna - March 11, 2015 Reply

    Isnt she just the most precious and adorable small person you’ve ever seen. All the heart feels! 🙂

    And yes, I do look forward to you being an Aunty too. We can have aunt conferences (that’s code for legit shop in the kids section, drink wine & eat cupcakes in front of Disney movies). YEAS…. Solid plan.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - March 11, 2015 Reply

I would collect reds but get a good champagne from this year to keep for her 21st. Congratulations to all 🙂

    Anna - March 11, 2015 Reply

    I was thinking reds, mostly because they age well, but the champagne for her 21st is a fabulous idea too. Thanks Tandy. 🙂

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