I have two wonderful nieces who live in Colorado and one came for a visit last weekend, to help celebrate her grandfather's 80th birthday. Her mother and sister stayed in Colorado as they have many horses to take care of.
After "grandpa's" birthday party I took her to the beach and we walked around the tide pools.
And went bike riding with "grandma". (My mom and my niece pictured below)
And then, sailing on the duck pond with grandpa and her dad.
She now wants to move to California. She's 15.
She was especially
She was especially taken with the lemon tree, and was astounded by our high school's outdoor hallways and lockers. I never really thought we had unusual hallways and lockers, but she assures me that most high schools have indoor lockers.
It was a lot of fun to spend time with her, as I spend most of my time with 3 men. I especially liked her shopping attitude. "I can go to the mall in Colorado, but I can't go to the beach." So we went to the ocean twice in one day. She had never been to the beach in the evening so we watched the sun go down and the bonfires start. We saw boats decked with lights cruising the canal opening into the ocean.
On Sunday we went to church, and then went biking with grandma. We met grandpa and Hollee's father (my brother) down at the duck pond. They were sailing a remote control sailboat. Grandma said that my brother is going through his second childhood and that grandpa is going through his third.
"Grandpa" is now 80! Happy Birthday!!