I spent this afternoon with my sister-in-law, two nieces, and some good friends at our neighborhood pool. A blast. Mike and I usually play in the adults-only “quiet pool,” but some atypical time in the pool with the mushroom and fake palm tree was a ton of fun. Lost count of how many times I went down the waterslide with my oldest niece, who’s five. I love being the favorite aunt (read: only aunt). I look forward to when she starts coming to me with the questions she doesn’t want to ask her mom, since I know I’m going to say the same thing her mom would say but she won’t know that.

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