So, in between all of these travels, I've gotten to spend a good deal of time with my niece, Bailey.
I talk about her all the time, and a quick perusal of this blog will turn up posts from many chapters of her two years and nine months on the planet.
I last saw her this past Christmas, and the five or six months intervening between then and now have made all the difference. She's moved from Bailey the Toddler to Bailey the Kid.
She's enormous. 99th percentile, heightwise. Her legs are, conservatively, 17 feet long, and she can dunk a basket without lifting her arms.
Seriously, though. The kid's tall.
And talks. I don't mean "makes noises with her mouth". She really talks. Complete sentences and a ridiculous vocabulary and all that. I know these things are pretty standard for most humans, but it's amazing to see all of this coming out of such a young person.
She's funny, too. Sometimes unintentionally. Sometimes totally on purpose.
She's really sweet, too. She's affectionate and polite. She's giving. She's crazy. (In a good way).
As our entire family says, with every bit of love and affection we're capable of, "She's something."
I'll be back soon with more highlights from my various trips.