Being a mother of boys, I really appreciate visiting with my nieces (almost 17 and almost 20). They flew out from Colorado after Christmas, and spent some time with us.
We rode our bikes along the coast and stopped for a break to look for shells and feel the misty spray of the sea.
I love this picture of my dad with the girls. It was low tide and we could stand on tiny "islands" surrounded by the gently flowing water. The sky was a comforting blue after the long days of rain.
We took the bikes across the harbor on the ferry. As you can see, I'm the careful one with the helmet.
The girls stayed with my parents and everyone had a great time. (That's my dad's very tall giraffe in the stairwell over on the right. He built it from scratch. My mom still doesn't know what came over him.)
The girls are back in Colorado now, safe and sound. I received a text..."Clear, cold and snow on the ground."
Here's wishing you all a Happy New Year!