Monday, October 26, 2015

That special eight year old cheerleader ♥

I’m often amazed at how big my nieces and nephews are getting. When I first started dating Sean, Brittany (Sean’s sister) was preganant with Nadiyah. Being able to watch her grow is almost a surreal experience. Every time I see her I feel like she has gotten taller or that her face has matured so much from the last time I saw her.

I remember playing hand games with her (our favorite being Ms. Mary Mack) when she was a baby but her mom had to hold her hands to do so. And now, whenever we see each other we play hand games; our favorite is still Ms. Mary Mack. It is almost as though she remembers which I know she doesn’t because I’ve asked.

She turned eight last month and her mom threw her a simple birthday party at home with just family since she was going to be having another party with her friends at the roller skating rink.

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After some ice cream cake and pizza, Nadiyah invited Sean and I to watch her cheer at the football game. How could we say no?
We went and brought Veronica's (Sean’s sister) dog along for some outdoor fun.

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As I watched Nadiyah cheer and know all the steps by heart I felt proud. This little girl was my flower girl when she was just two years old and we have this connection that I can’t really explain. She was also the first one to make me an aunt even if it’s just through marriage. I take pride in being her aunt, being able to watch her grow and hope that the world treats her kindly. Because she truly is one kind child and has a heart of gold.

Nadiyah, I love you and hope that your 8th year is your best one yet. I look forward to making more memories with you and remaining your favorite aunt ;).

8 comments:

Jenna said...

Faith! I just rejoined Blogger and was SO excited to see your blog is still active!!! :D

I feel this way all of the time whenever I see the kids I used to babysit--some from when they were only a few months old--so I can only imagine how it feels when it's a family member!

Little Nadiyah is adorable and looks like she has lots of spunk! No wonder you're a proud aunt!

So happy to be following again,
Jenna (formerly Leggings Love...now lafemmelafanciful.com) :)

Laura Darling said...

This is so sweet! I love the Miss Mary Mack story! My first niece is only three months old and I can't wait to see her grow!

Law_Fal said...

So sweet!

Heather said...

Happy birthday to your wonderful niece! It's great that you have such a special relationship with her.

Cece said...

Glad you got to enjoy a birthday celebration with your niece. It is amazing how time flies and how big they get! I will be seeing my nephew in December and I know he will be so changed from when I saw him last.

Emily Gilbert said...

Happy birthday little one! She's just darling. It makes me happy that you two have a strong bond.

Pegster said...

Happy 8th birthday to your niece. When you see children grow you really realize how much time is flying. She is not that little girl from your wedding day anymore huh, she looks so grown

Rachel Tomlinson said...

I love to see the bond you have with your niece. Happy Bday to her! Great pics btw