Shamrocks, the Patio and a Gala

We'll start with my favorite four-year-old photobombing his sister's pic while we were making shamrock cookies for Aunt Molly's birthday cook out.

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The icing went on a little heavy-handed with these two, but the cookies were yummy. 

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Sadly, this is as close as I got to a photo of all three of them on St. Patty's Day.

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For one glorious evening, it was warm enough to eat out on the patio and the kids had so much fun.  They didn't even notice they were eating oreicchiete with broccoli and slices of rosemary bread.

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But what I really want to talk about is this girl.  My niece.  On Saturday night, she and her family were honored at a fundraising gala for JDRF and, while I am continually impressed by her kindness, her bravery, her poise and her attitude as she lives with Type 1 diabetes, I was simply blown away by her performance that night. 

As a video featuring herself, family and close girlfriends came to a close, she took the stage in front of 500 adults in ball gowns and black ties like it was just another day singing in her backyard. 

And she brought the house down. 

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