My awesome niece, Allie, (well, step-niece if you want to get technical) turned 9 last week! She's been part of our family for quite awhile now, and I think she's pretty much the coolest 9 year old around.
I went to her school to have lunch with her on Friday for her actual birthday. I surprised her with a balloon, which I'm pretty sure she thought was cool. She doesn't mind being the center of attention. ;)
It was a throw back to be eating school food in a school cafeteria again. The food is still blah and the lunch ladies are still mean. How do you expect a room full of 3rd graders to NOT talk while they're eating. Come on. That's absurd.
On a side note, I freaking love 3rd graders. I got so many compliments! I'm fully aware it was just because I was the only young adult within a 300 yard radius, but just let me bask in my glory (from 8 year olds) for a moment. The "She's so pretty," and "Are you a model?" comments totally made my day, haha. Oh kids...they're great. I'm now planning on going back to eat with her at least once a week -- or whenever I need a little self confidence boost. ;)
Later that night, I met Allie and her friend for dinner. I said I would treat them to wherever they wanted to go. And where did they choose? Applebess. Freaking Applebees. Seriously.
Allie always dresses to impress, and tonight - her birthday - was not different. She showed up in giant sunglasses and high heels. No joke. I couldn't laugh, because she obvioulsy was strutting her stuff and loving it, but it was hilarious. 9 going on 19 for sure.
The girls had fun at dinner, and the staff even sang to her and gave her a free dessert (which she also loved).
I would call that a pretty solid birthday, but the party wasn't over yet. On Sunday, we had a little family get-together at her house and celebrated her awesomeness some more! She's one lucky and very loved 9 year old...
Here's to another awesome year with an awesome little lady!!
Happy Birthday, Allie! :)