Our first niece was born 11 years ago today. It's hard to believe she's quickly approaching the Pre-Teens! Yikes! I remember the day, not so clearly, when Bianca entered the world. Rudy and I were not married yet, so I don't remember labeling her as MY niece, however I was quite honored to be able to see and hold her within hours of her birth. The waiting room at the hospital was smaller than the birthing suite, so we were quite surprised at how quickly we were able to see the precious babe and be with the new family. Kudos to Mom, I'm sure.
Bianca celebrated her birthday at the skating rink. There is "something" about the smells of a roller skating rink that instantly brings back those childhood days. Amazing! I don't know how much "in style" it is anymore, but gosh, it's still fun and great exercise (funny, I wasn't even out there!). I suppose the only difference these days is the use of in-line skates has become quite popular. Dominic chose to wear his Spiderman skates. He wore them proudly and never took them off. He refused to be helped, even during the MANY times he ended up on the floor...which was frequent. He actually did more skating out on the carpet than the rink floor. He went around the rink ONCE while the other kids had cake. I think he feared being out there with all the kids whizzing by him. One lap around and he was done with the hardwood floor. Donovan actually got out there too. He was wanting to go out on the floor without skates, but we had him do his inaugural lap with the skates. He cried and whined putting them on, I think just because we were taking his other shoes off, but he withstood the test. They tighten the wheels for the little ones, which is nice, since you often see them in the split position after they get them on. Taking pictures inside the dark rink is difficult, so I only got a few.
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