My niece turned twelve on Veteran’s Day. I’ve spent the last week reminiscing about the last twelve years. I was lucky enough to be with my sister during labor and to see my niece being born. It’s still one of the greatest experiences of my life. I also was fortunate to live with my sister during the first year of my niece’s life. My sister was finishing up her degree, so I took time off of school and work to stay home with my niece that year. Another amazing experience that I would never change. Especially since my husband and I decided that we don’t want to have children. Believe me, that’s the best decision for everyone involved. I still got to be a mom for a year and it was fantastic.
My sister has a friend that made my niece’s birthday cake, pictured above. This picture doesn’t do it justice. It was beautiful. Inside were three layers: chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla. The same friend made the cake for my nephew’s ‘Welcome Home’ party, pictured below. Seeing these gorgeous cakes makes me want to take a cake decorating class. I’ve always experimented with fancy cakes, but mine have always looked more slapped together than professional. I will add this to my list of classes I still need to take.