My niece and I played lots of games of Rummikub. We went for walks, and we played by the pool. We played at the beach and we went to the mall. We chatted about all things and we giggled until our bellies hurt.
We saw Inside Out and I'm sure her mom and I summoned Disgust as we sniffled through Lava and sobbed at the sad moments in the movie itself.
And that snakes caught in the pool area are best wrangled with a pool skimmer.
And that an $8 pool float provides hours of fun, even in the rain.
We had movie nights, we roasted marshmallows, and we had intense in-car sing-alongs.
And the sunsets never got old.
Later in the week, we went to Siesta Key, voted the #1 beach in the United States by multiple sites, and it is, in fact, beautiful. The powdered sugar-like sand reflects the sun and never gets too hot. The Gulf, Caribbean blue in color, is warm and serene.
We played all day...in and out of the water, out to the sand bar and back, floating on boogie boards and in inner tubes. It was a perfect day!
What a joy it is for me to spend time with my girl.
She is going off to high school, but she still was happy to sit and talk, go for walks, play games, and curl up watching tv. She is so bright...all honors classes and an advanced placement class for her in the fall. Still an all-star cheerleader and dedicated to her sport, her plan is to continue through high school. She is kind and empathetic, beautiful inside and out.
I am one lucky auntie.