The earlier part of Saturday morning I spent at my oldest niece’s cheerleading competition. It was Alexa’s first competition since she began cheering in September. A natural at everything, and an amazing gymnast, my 11-year-old niece rocked alongside her cheer-friends. They placed second qualifying for the next round. They are now one step closer to the championships in Disney!
Although I felt like I walked into an episode of Bring it On, the whole experience was very entertaining, not to mention I was able to spend the whole morning with my sister joking and laughing. Like when we asked, “are those seats taken?” The cheer moms replied “are you Raritan moms? These seats are for Raritan moms ONLY.” Well excuse us. When we finally found the designated ‘Del Val moms’ section we settled in, until a Plainfield mom so sweetly told a few moms they were in her seat. We scooted over, but the embroidered yoga pants of her daughter’s name still needed more room. Plainfield won the spirit stick for being the most encouraging & supportive of all the other teams back stage. Clearly they didn’t get it from their parents.
After the cheer competition, we headed to niece #2′s soccer game. Kayla loves soccer, and although not the perfectionist like her sister, she finds the fun and laughter in everything like when the goal fell over her team’s goalie! Kayla is a breath of fresh air, giving hugs and kisses to those who need it, and even to those who don’t.
The day didn’t end there. We headed to their church for a beautiful concert, where both Alexa and Kayla were asked to sing with the choir.
The reason this day was so special, aside from watching my nieces extra-curricular activities, was that my sister (their mom) was celebrating her birthday. Lisa scheduled her whole special day around her three beautiful girls. We didn’t get around to celebrating her birthday until dinner, and even when it came to picking the restaurant she unselfishly asked where her daughters wanted to go. Lisa gets the spirit stick, because Lisa is an incredible mother and a wonderful sister. She gives of herself unconditionally. Her girls and I are blessed to have her.
P.S. Casa Maya had these delish cactus enchiladas.