So! I am back! I had a great time! I got my favorite seat on all four flights, and on three of the four flights no one was in the middle seat! On the way there I had to run between flights, but on the way home I had time for postcard-shopping AND Wendy's.
I tried not to take too many photos out of the airplane window because those are just never as glorious as they seem like they'll be, but I didn't entirely resist.
Niestle is super-awesome, OF COURSE. She's 14 months old and she likes to POINT.
She also likes to WALK, particularly near edges of things she could plummet from. She likes to shake her head no-no-no. She likes to ride her pink pony (the Fisher-Price, which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND after seeing Miss Cuteness playing with it for ages). She has teefies. She says "bananananana." The hair at the nape of her neck looks like it might curl. And she looks cute in sunhats.
Notice in this picture she is smiling at the picture-taker, and the picture-taker was ME! Niestle smiled at ME! It was a huge triumph. Niestle is a girl of discriminating tastes.
Eric and Anna and Niestle and my co-aunt (Anna's sister, who needs a pseudonym) had nothing but fun fun fun the whole time. We went on a picnic! We went sight-seeing! We went shopping! We got excellent take-out! We talked about babies, and baby names! We tried to woo Niestle into liking me more! We had a ladies' lunch (I wore my new yellow/green/aqua flowery blouse), with mimosas and a real French waiter who said "bon" and "parfait"! We walked everywhere in the gorgeous, gorgeous weather. We came home sun-soaked and leg-sore and fresh-aired, and had wine and watched 30 Rock and ate cookies and stayed up late!
It was a wonderful vacation. You can see why it might be a little jarring to come home to trash and laundry and dishes and so forth. Sigh. I think what this situation needs is wine and cookies.
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