she's 9 already?!

I was fifteen when my oldest niece, Mayce, was born in 2001 and the only one of my friends who was an aunt. One, has it really been nine years since I was a freshman in high school?? And, two, I can't believe it's been that long since we welcomed her into the world. Happy birthday Mayce (yesterday)!

[One of my best friends from high school, Jarrett, took this picture of the birthday girl while she was at school yesterday. Thanks for sending, Jarrett! And yes, I'm still really jealous that you got to hang out with her on her birthday...and can you believe it's been that long since I came to the lunchroom bragging to you about my new niece?!]