Monday, September 7, 2015

Seven








Spot the mini rainbow!

Our Girl Bear turned seven yesterday! We had a happy celebration day, with dinner at Red Robin (her choice) and an ice cream cake (from Dairy Queen) back at home afterward, followed by opening her presents. She even gave a gift, to Stinker, her old, faithful baby doll. She says Stinker shares her birthday, since they've been together from the beginning. Her gift to Stinker was a small wooden guitar that Daddy helped the GB build this summer, which she painted purple for Stinker. Now Stinker plays the guitar too (I really need to get myself a musical instrument; now I'm falling behind the stuffed toys). The GB loved her presents, which included a wig brush to use on another doll with long, straggly hair, chapter books, winter clothes, craft kits and puzzles. The Bear's parents had ice cream cake with us and my parents called her on the phone (they live in New York). She had love and greetings from all around.

It was a lovely day with our sweet girl. We opted to skip birthday parties this year, given our hectic summer of medical adventures (which isn't over yet; there's still more to come). We're having quiet family birthdays instead and I rather like it. As much as I enjoy throwing birthday parties for groups of children, it is a lot of work and not a little expense. I doubt our birthday party days are over for good, but for now this is right. The small Bears have been agreeable about it. I really am lucky to have such even-tempered, easy-going children. I couldn't ask for more, really. But I think they both understand what is needed at the moment, which is a calmer take on birthday season. That's how I've come to think of this time of year, by the way - it's our birthday season. All four of our birthdays fall in the space of exactly three months and one week, starting with the Bear's and ending with mine, with both children in between in the same calendar month. I didn't plan to have their birthdays fall so close together (we were anticipating later-autumn births; things went awry), but here we are. It can feel frenetic some years, a whirlwind of parties, shopping, wrapping, dinners out and special desserts, but it's a fun and happy time and I look forward to it all year.

My Beary (rhymes with fairy) is seven! It's hard to believe. She reads and writes and whizzes through arithmetic problems in a way I always wished I could. She is becoming a very good ballerina. She stands up for herself admirably, especially when it comes to her big brother. She is a talented, kind and intelligent little person and we love her so much. She is full of light and music and questions and challenges. I know that seven will be a wonderful year for her and she will continue to grow in every way.

38 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to your Girl Bear, it sounds like a wonderful day, and the cake looks superb. I love the little guitar she helped to make, it's fantastic. As you know, my littlest is seven too, it's an excellent age, full of happy adventures and optimism. Nothing is complicated, life is good. I'm wishing her a wonderful year. CJ xx

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  2. What a lovely little tribute to a delightful little (BIG!) seven year old! How sweet that she made her doll a birthday gift....thoughtful at a young age. You should be happy (and you are allowed to be a bit proud!) of such a generous spirit.

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  3. Happy birthday to your daughter, it sounds like you had the perfect family day. She sounds like a delightful child xx

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  4. Happy Birthday Girl bear! Seven is the most amazing age, I wanted to stay seven forever and was really sad when the next birthday came along! It was the year I began to love reading to myself and I discovered a whole new world in books :-) The cake looks delicious! X

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  5. Happy birthday to Beary. 7 is such a great age to be! :o)

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  6. Happy birthday to your Girl Bear. Seven is a wonderful age. The cake looks delicious.

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  7. Happy Birthday Girl Bear! My Littke Tomboy turns 8 on Saturday. Just like your daughter and Stinker, Tomboy shares her birthday with Ted, and she has a present for him all wrapped up already :) They are so sweet aren't they :)
    Jillxo

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  8. Seven ... such a lovely age, and the cake looks delicious.
    Many Happy Birthday Wishes.

    All the best Jan

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  9. Seven ... such a lovely age, and the cake looks delicious.
    Many Happy Birthday Wishes.

    All the best Jan

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  10. Happiest of days to her. My little man will be seven in November, I have a feeling seven is a pretty awesome age :)

    Wishing her all the best on her next trip around the sun. xo

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  11. Happy Birthday to your sweet GB! She is such a cutie, and seems to be a sweetheart too.

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  12. Happy birthday to your GB. ��

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  13. I can sympathize over your short birthday season - ours are close together too; all within 6 weeks from the end of November to the beginning of January, with Christmas and New Year thrown in for good measure! Happy Birthday to the adorable GB; 7 is a very good age to be. Wishing her a year of fun and laughter. xx

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  14. Happy birthday GB !!!
    Every time I read posts where you describe your children, I have the same thought : you are so lucky... Of course, it is not only luck, the education you and your Bear gave them, is the main reason why they turned into the good children they are right now... Cherish those two angels !!
    Xxx

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  15. Wishing your dear daughter everything she wishes for herself. Seem like you had a lovely time creating lots of wonderful memories to treasure.

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  16. A very happy birthday to your little girl bear, it sounds like you had a wonderful family day and the cake looks delicious. Have a lovely week. Jane xx

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  17. A very happy birthday to your GB. Seven is really a wonderful age to be. We have three out of four birthdays and our wedding anniversary in the space of six weeks starting this Thursday. My daughter is the odd one out born in April at the end of a very relaxing Easter weekend on her due date. Have a great birthday season Jennifer.

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  18. A beautiful icecream cake for a beautiful little girl. Happy Birthday to the little GB. She will enjoy all her special gifts, and Stinker has to love that purple guitar - it is gorgeous. It took me a few seconds, but I found the mini rainbow - well captured, Jennifer.

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  19. A very Happy 7th Birthday to your daughter!, it sounds like a fun family affairxx

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  20. A very happy birthday to your little GB. Seven is a great age and family celebrations are the best. What a fabulous-looking cake (and I love that she made a present for her doll!). Sam x

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  21. Happy Birthday to little GB!! Seven is a good age ... on the brink of tweenies, but still your sweet little girl. With such a beautiful cake and all these fun pressies, I'm sure she enjoyed her day immensley! And yes, I see the mini-rainbow, which I've heard referred to as "sun dogs" all my life ;)
    Have a wonderful week Jennifer ... time to order the next cake?!
    Wendy

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  22. Seven is a wonderful age - my favourite year group to teach back in the days...
    Happy birthday to your ballerina bear - what a thoughtful young lady!

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  23. Seven is a wonderful number..happiest wishes to GB and may her whole year be filled with wonder and joy.

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  24. Hey Jennifer,
    Many happy returns to GB!! What a lovely day you gave her. And how generous of her to share her special day with Stinkey. I like the sound of ice cream cake very much. Here's to a wonderful seventh year.
    Leanne xx

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  25. Happy Birhtday to your Beary Fairy (I do love this lovely wee rhyme). I have never had an ice cream cake, she is a lucky girl your daughter. x

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  26. Awe, they grow so fast. Happy Birthday to your little, now seven year old GB. :)

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  27. Happy birthday to your sweet girl! I can't believe she's 7 already. Time really flies.

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  28. HaPpY bIrThDaY to your little Beary Fairy! It sounds like a wonderful day full of love and joy...and isn't that what birthday's are all about? She did a great job on the guitar and even painted it my favorite color, purple! (As if it were about me, right? Ha!) I am so happy for you and your life Jennifer. It sounds so lovely, even with the medical issues. Your Boy Bear knows the love you and your husband have for him and his sister and really, what more can we ask from life than to be loved?
    Blessings always,
    Betsy

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  29. Happy Birthday to the GB! BigR was 6 yesterday. Love that she made a guitar for her toy :) Hope she has a most excellent year (Hmmm I've come over a bit Bill and Ted there haven't I? - showing my age ;-)) xx

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  30. Happy Birthday to your sweet little girl! I think your idea of a small family celebration is the perfect way. I often feel that the elaborate parties that some people throw for their very young children has gotten way out of hand. Maybe it's just my age, but it seems like such a waste and the children kind of come to expect it every year and don't really appreciate it. I am now hungry for a DQ cake.....thank you!

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  31. Hi Jennifer, nice to meet you here! what a lovely little spot you have on this blog! :) 7 is a wonderful number and I hope a wonderful year for your little GB! God bless! and thank you for your kind comment and story on my blog about Friendly's; it's a great restaurant!

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  32. happy birthday wishes to your little bear xxx

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  33. I did not see this post.. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to your darling daughter!

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  34. Happy birthday to your girl xxxxxxxxx

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  35. She's so lovely! Happy belated birthday to your GB. I have cake envy. Xx

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  36. Another belated Happy Birthday to your Girl Bear from me. Seven already! They grow up so fast!

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  37. Belated birthday wishes to your darling girl. What a lovely celebration, it is so nice to give children a special day of celebration x

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