I don't know if I shared this last year or not, but my youngest middle-sister-I have three sisters by the way- gave birth to a baby girl, my niece- and I'm loving being an uncle. This weekend is her first birthday party and I'm not missing out on her events like I did with my nephews who are now 14 and 11. Plus, they live clear across the US right now in Arizona.
It's really a great feeling being an uncle. It is. I missed out on a lot with my nephews, and for that- I turly regret. That's why I promised myself I wouldn't miss out on my neice's big events.
BTW, her birthday is the 26th, but we're doing the party later today. I love watching my niece grow. I can't wait to see what kind of a person she becomes in life.