Five Years Later

You know how people are always saying time goes by really fast? Well, it does. It only seems to go by faster every year.

I believe that’s especially true when kids are involved.

Over the weekend, we celebrated my niece’s fifth birthday. Her actual birthday was yesterday. I can’t believe she’s already five. I still remember the day I met her when she was just thirteen days old.

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It’s crazy to think she’s not that tiny baby that was just an armful anymore. I can’t believe how much time has passed by!

In the past five years, she has grown into a happy, energetic little girl who’s favorite color is pink, favorite thing is My Little Pony, and firmly believes she is a princess.

We celebrated her birthday on Saturday with a My Little Pony themed bowling party. It was a bit chaotic with a bunch of preschoolers trying to bowl, but it was also a lot of fun! Sophia was a bit disappointed when she found she had to take turns, but she was so excited to get started.

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As is true with any kid, it’s not always easy. It can be really hard get along with her sometimes when she’s not behaving, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Happy Belated Birthday, Sophia. I will always and forever love you!

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Two Years Later

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I can’t believe it’s already been two years since you were born. It seems like just yesterday I was on the way to go see my sister in the hospital because she just gave birth to you.

I still remember when you were just a baby. It’s crazy to think that you’re already two years old. Just like your sister, you are growing up way too fast. Just watching and listening to you this weekend, it amazes me how much you’ve grown. You’re able to say words that I can actually understand now!

As it turns out, you’re a big fan of Barney… I found that out Saturday when I was trying to find a show that would prove as a distraction for you. Not to brag, but that was the best idea I’ve ever had!

I can’t believe how fast you’re growing. Before I know it, you’ll be in school, which will be while you’ll be in Hawaii. What better place to start school than while you’re in the land of paradise?

Happy Birthday, Kendra. I love you more than words can say.

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Four Years

As I lay wide awake, I kept thinking about how fast time is flying by. Eventually, I just said, “Screw it all,” and turned on my laptop for the sole reason of writing this post.

It’s after midnight here in Texas. It’s October 11, 2014. It’s Sophia’s fourth birthday.

For those of you that don’t know, Sophia is my oldest niece. I first met her when she was just thirteen days old. I can’t believe she’s already four.

Sophia 13 daysSophia at just thirteen days old.

I won’t even pretend that everything is perfect. It’s not. Sometimes it’s very hard when she comes to visit.

Tonight is a perfect example.

We were at her birthday dinner tonight at Candlelight Inn, and she did everything but behave. When we were on the way home, she wouldn’t stop sticking her hand in my face. Now THAT got annoying.

Sophia 4 yearsTonight at her birthday dinner. Four years old!

It’s hard when she doesn’t behave. Sometimes I feel like I never want to see her again. That, however, isn’t true. At all.

Sophia, you turned my world inside out and upside down four years ago. I didn’t know what I was going to do when I heard my sister was pregnant with you. I never pictured myself becoming an aunt so soon.

We don’t always get along, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I never got along with your mother when we lived in the same house.

Happy Birthday, Sophia. I love you, and I always will.