This summer we had the privilege of having our 20 year old niece, Mariah, stay with us. Riah and I have a special bond that comes from me living with her family when I was 20. She had one word for her mom and me, something like Mama and it didn't really matter who came when she called. She was the sweetest little kid ever. She has become a fun, kind hearted, outrageous, sweet lady and I love her to bits. Tomorrow she leaves us and we are all a bit blue. The boys think of her as one of the family now. I mean one of the immediate family. But as today was also her 21st Birthday we decided to not let the day get sad but celebrate her all day long. It was a fun day.
This is a picture of us I found from a few years ago. Big hair and big laughs are just a few of the things we have in common.
The day started with flowers form her parents. They live in Africa now so we really tried to make today extra special so she wouldn't miss her fam too much.
At her request we went to IHOP for breakfast where they brought her an ice-cream sunday at 9 in the morning. We made her get up at 8 to go with us so she was rather sleepy in this shot.
My present to her and myself was to go get our toes done. My friend watched the kids and we had a good time getting pedicures together. She chose rainbow. I went more traditional.
As no friends or family besides us lived nearby we invited all the neighborhood kiddos in for cupcakes and non-alcholic drinks:). Here is Riah holding Cupcake wine with the cupcakes. She doesn't actually like alcohol so this is just for the irony of it all.