this is my niece, brittany.  everyone comments on how much she looks like me… and since i don’t have a daughter of my own, i enjoy pretending she is mine.  it’s great to have a shopping buddy when she visits.  she just got her braces on, so i’m happy i got a few shots of her just before her appointment.  she’s an amazing beautiful 13 year old and i’m so proud of who she has become 🙂