photos: lyla turns one, 5.31.2013

My beautiful cousin Lyla turned one last week. I'm the oldest grandchild on my mother's side, and I've never had the opportunity to grown up with any of them, or to see any of them grow.

This is why Lyla is so special to me. She's walking, trying to speak, and loves to dance to Gangnam Style. It's fascinating to see how much has changed in a year- this is a picture I took only a few hours after she was born

We celebrated her birthday at my uncle and aunt's home in Gaithersburg with lots of family and food around. I can't even tell you how excited I am to part of this little girl's life.