Today I got to return to the world of childhood and I can wholeheartedly say that I miss the ease and peace that comes from being young and carefree!
I have been
chatting texting with my 9 year old cousin, Abby, lately and been getting to know much more about her likes (baking, hanging out with her friends) and dislikes (boring mornings, when her older sister talks too much). The other day while I was baking brownies and texting Abby, she told me how much she LOVES baking! And since I do too, I thought it was a great way to get to spend some more time with my cousins who are growing up way too fast!
Abby and her older sister Emma are actually my cousin Stephanie’s girls. Steph is 14 years older than me so she has always been someone I’ve looked up to and learned from. She used to babysit my brother and I when we were kids (mostly because we scared away any babysitter who wasn’t family) and always tells the story of how my mother came home from the hospital with newborn me, dropped me in her arms, and said she would be back after some grocery shopping! Steph was a seasoned babysitter and has become an awesome mom. She’s completely real with her girls about life and growing up (teaching them how to deal with zits and having stuff in your teeth) but also really supportive and caring. It’s fun to see the three of them in action, they seem to have so much fun!
So, I arrived, Mary Poppin’s style, with big bag in hand (full of baking supplies) and ready to go with a No-Bake cookie recipe care of Angela! They were a big hit and really easy on a hot and humid day. Abby helped out while Emma bounced around all over the place being chatty as usual (Abby just rolls her eyes at me). They have such personalities its too funny, although this shouldn’t be surprising since their mom is one of the funniest people I know.
While the cookies were chillin’ in the freezer, the girls and I played Just Dance on Wii with the girls. Can I just say, that was a serious workout! We had so much fun…best song had to be “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” during which we did The Carlton. Loved it.
Hanging with the girls definitely brought me back to the fun, care-free summer vacations as a kid. My friend’s and I would spend our mornings at Park (a city-run day camp for kids to hang out) and afternoons by the pool. Things were so easy back then!
Tell me: what were your favorite things about summertime when you were a kid? If you could go back for a day, would you?
Have a great night!
lots of love,