So our niece, A, came to stay with us for a week – her first-ever flight, her first-ever long week away from family, her first-ever time to stay alone with us.
Really – it was good times. We only had one bout of homesickness, no preteen meltdowns and a remarkably sunny attitude from both niece and aunt despite incredibly hot and humid weather.
We did all sorts of things around town, like get photobombed by a giraffe at the Dallas Zoo:
Played around with new hairstyles:
Rode the trolley:
Got a 500-foot view of the city (that one was a little scary):
Got pedicures (and manicures!):
Helped Papa Holiday feed the catfish:
Got a princess-for-a-day makeover:
Had nail art done – twice!
And went swimming – lots and lots of swimming.
But my favorite part of A’s trip happened this week – long after she’d returned home.
She sent me an IM, saying:
I hope so too, sweetheart.