I have loved Malia and Sasha Obama since they were ages 10 and 7 respectively.  Back then in 2008 when they marched across the Inauguration platform in their brightly-colored winter coats, I thought to myself, ‘they could be my nieces.’

This week their parents (finally) let them attend their first state dinner, and they received major shoutouts from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and of course, from their father.

And they gave me and all the other pretend aunties a chance to gush over how fast they have grown into striking, down-to-earth young women.

Here’s a photo recap:

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