Bonding with my neice

I spent the day with my 16 year old niece/goddaughter. It was really nice. We had lunch with my parents and brother (her dad) and then went off to Color Me Mine to paint pottery. Her birthday was back in December and I said this would be her present and this is just when it worked out to do it.

I was a little afraid it wasn’t going to work out because even though I scoped this other paint Pottery place near her house out, that was a while ago and I never thought to look again and check the hours. Well, I’m on my way, when I realize that they aren’t even open today 🤦🏼‍♀️There’s one other place nearby but we have no idea if it’s any good. I really can’t believe there isn’t a Color Me Mine in Rockford.

But thankfully, everyone was flexible and we drove out to a Color Me Mine about 40 minutes away and my brother agreed to pick her up half way.

Lunch was yummy. Visiting with my family was nice (it can sometimes be a problem). I was a little worried the 40 minute drive would be silent and awkward, since I don’t spend a whole lot of alone time with her (but am always at family things and I go to most of her shows that she is in) but it wasn’t too bad. We chatted and then we were quiet. Then chatted some more. Then quiet. Not too bad.

We got Starbucks together and then walked into the studio to pick our pieces. She went with a little cat planter. I went with a flower spoon rest. Most of painting time was pretty quiet. But that’s okay. We were still spending time doing an activity together.

She finished earlier than me which I felt bad for so I told her she could do another one if she wanted. Instead she really wanted to take one home and paint it with acrylic. I said yeah you should do that but she thought I meant she should pay for it. When I said I would buy it for her, her whole face lit up. It was nice.

I’m finally home again after driving here there and everywhere today (the day started with driving out one direction for an errand then heading a completely opposite direction for an orthodontist appointment that took way longer than expected) and feeling like I’ve been sitting in a car seat or some kind of chair all.day.long.

Time to rest!

5 thoughts on “Bonding with my neice

  1. You and your niece had a nice day together. Nothing wrong with a comfortable silence. It is the strained silences you need to be careful of. Going out is nice, but coming home is always nicer. Glad you and your niece enjoyed your time together.

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  2. It sounds like it was a special time with your niece! Even though it was a lot of driving, it sounds worth it. I loved the part where you wrote about being in the car–chatting, being quiet, chatting, being quiet. That conveyed such a nice sense of comfortableness around each other.

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