Every couple weeks, one of my nieces comes to stay overnight. They are aged 10, 12, and 15, and it's always fun. We joke that whoever comes over gets "to be an only child for a night. "
Last Friday night, the 10 year old and I attended a dance performance at a nearby school and she stayed over afterwards. In the morning, my mom, my niece and I went out for breakfast.
This Friday, the 12 year old came over. I picked her up after I got out of work, we stopped to pick up a pizza order my mom called in, and after we ate, the three of us played a card game and watched TV. In the morning we will go out for breakfast.
Being able to spend time with my nieces was a major reason for my move to New England from Tennessee. I had been missing out on everything -- the street hockey games, dance recitals, weekend overnights, and just goofing around -- and it made me sad to see them only one week a year.
Being able to spend time with them has made the long (two year) job search and it's disastrous financial effect almost tolerable. We are great at finding inexpensive things to do, like taking walks in the park, playing board and card games, and watching shows on Netflix.
They are smart and funny girls and I love their company. It makes up for my forgetting to have my own kids.