My oldest niece turns eleven this weekend, and I can’t shake the feeling that I’ll be losing her soon to the teenage years, boys, popularity and all the other painful nonsense that comes with growing up.

She is currently into Cheer and gymnastics, and so for her birthday this year I wanted to do something extra special, just me and her. So we flew to Las Vegas last weekend.

It was a place where she could feel a little bit like a grownup, and myself a little bit like a kid. From our complimentary suite at The Palazzo to ordering room service milkshakes at midnight, we bonded and became even closer.

We did all the things she wanted, like visit the Coca Cola store and M&M world. We laughed at the strange characters on the Strip, and taxied around like rockstars to avoid the heat.


The big surprise though were tickets to see the Cirque de Soleil show “O”. From the costumes to the gymnastics, the comedy to the music, she was in heaven. ( The clowns also included me in part of their act, which had her giggling all night….)

In the end, my hope was to create some lasting memories as she is on the brink of a new chapter in her life, and to let her know that I’ll always love her, no matter.

Wench, bring my ale, what say you?

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