Oh this little girl, she really knows how to steal my heart. This has really been her summer! And my summer too... our summer ;) We've gone north, west, and now we're heading back east and south. She has loved it out here. It was quiet on the first half, and even difficult at times. As much as she wanted to play and get along with the little boys, it rarely happened. It was hard for her to not understand, and it was harder for me to understand. There's not much you can do in those moments when your kid wants to play and can't. You just suck it up, feel their pain, and let it be. She picked up bad habits, and dropped them just as quickly. She picked up new words and more confidence in speaking. And like most children do: she adjusted, molded, and adapted. She was outside sometimes, inside often, but always by my side, and always okay. Her love for turtles grew, and I'm sad to say, we never got out again to see those giant loves of hers. I'm on a mission to do so back home, because luckily, we can do that there ;) She made friends and explored with a handful of little girls. From the zoo, to the beach, to forests of lush trees and rain, and to quite possibly her favorite: her very first bounce house. And she loved each one. She picked up singing, "cheese"ing, and not just words, but new phrases too. She knows what she wants and when she wants it. She's still an independent one. She asks to sleep with me, and ten minutes later is asking for her own bed and space. She wants to run free, very free... but sometimes, if I'm lucky, she still asks for my hand, especially when she wants to jump.
I'm sure this trip and these experiences won't be much, but a faded not-so-there memory for her, but I hope that one day she'll be able to look back at these photos and know: I've been on a mission to show her everything. I don't want her to live in a worry bubble. I want her to see, take in, learn, and know as much as she possibly can. I want her to take chances, make big jumps, fall, and try again. I want her imagination to never die and her optimism to never fade. She's growing tremendous amounts each day and I am very well aware that every little thing will affect her, in good and difficult ways. But I'm not worried, because she's a strong girl, with a big heart, and she's got the adventure spirit in her.
We should be landing in San Jose, California any minute now. I'm looking forward to another delicious and fun weekend with this little girl, before heading home to south florida. Have a wonderful adventure-filled weekend, everyone!
pps. if you'd like to purchase an ad spot for next month, email me. XL is booked, but all others are a go! ;)