Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Eight









Yesterday was the GB's eighth birthday. She spent a good portion of the afternoon playing in the backyard with the "wagon" she built out of a square plank with caster wheels screwed onto the bottom, and a rope with a length of wood tied on the end as a pull-handle. She mostly drags her baby dolls and stuffed animals on the wagon, around and around the back patio or up and down the sidewalk. If the LB is around and looking for fun, as he was yesterday, she will often cast the baby dolls aside for 85 pounds of brother. She struggles with the load, but she does it because he likes it. That's the kind of person she is.

Around 4:30, a big thunderstorm rolled through (the remnants of Hurricane Newton are currently passing over the Southwest). I don't think I can remember another rainy birthday of hers. She was born on a hot, sunny Saturday afternoon and all her birthdays so far have been bright. It was nice to have the rain, actually, something a little different for her birthday and you know how we all love rain around here. They came inside and she put her baby away and sat quietly listening to her brother practice his guitar (she'd already practiced hers and finished all her schoolwork; she never plays until she's done). I started making her birthday dinner, the macaroni and cheese with broccoli that she'd asked for. She came and watched, chattering on many topics as I worked. She helped a little too. We ate dinner and then her grandparents came over to watch her open presents. We had an ice cream cake, which she picked out herself at Baskin-Robbins.

Her favorite present is her sewing basket. A few weeks ago, the Bear and I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics and bought her a nice basket and all the basic sewing necessities to fill it up. I already had a good pair of sewing scissors and a needle book that I'd been saving for her. We added a tape measure, pins, needles, a few colors of thread, a seam ripper and a marking pencil. We also gave her fat quarter bundle. She already enjoys making simple clothes for her dolls and I plan to teach her some more. She especially loves that her basket is just like mine (aside from the colors). She made sure to add her very first sewing supply to her basket right away: her pincushion. I bought her a vintage tomato pincushion in Arroyo Seco a few years ago, adding long pins with large heads. She was about three and she could spend an hour pulling out the pins and pushing them back in, over and over again. She called it her "sewing," which still entertains me.

She's grown up a lot in the past year - in the past few months, even. She has a new teacher at school and she is enraptured by this lovely young woman with pretty clothes and fun sayings and songs. Lately, I can see that she's beginning to think about the kind of woman she will be. She continues to learn the guitar and is now in her fifth year of ballet. She is small for her age but she uses every bit of herself. Her front teeth are in and it's clear that her bottom teeth are going to cost us a fortune. Our GB had a good birthday, I think. She is a delight - sweet and kind, opinionated and determined, smart and creative.

28 comments:

  1. Hey Jennifer,
    Many happy returns to your GB. Ice cream cake sounds delicious. She sounds like a girl who is going places. What a star! So glad that she had a good day.
    Leanne xx

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  2. Happy birthday to the GB, she sounds like such a lovely, caring little girl. What a proud mum you must be.

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  3. Gorgeous post Jennifer...and a very Happy Birthday to your sweet girl. Eight is a fantastic age to be.
    Marianne x

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  4. Happy birthday to Miss GB. It looks like she had a wonderful day. :o)

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  5. Many happy returns to the GB. A sewing basket is such a great gift, and it sounds like she's going to get a lot of pleasure and use from it. And the macaroni cheese looks delicious. Xx

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  6. Happy Birthday to someone who is obviously a delightful young lady.

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  7. Happy Birthday to Miss GB! She sounds like a very happy young lady, and one you all treasure. I'm glad she liked the sewing basket & supplies you gave her. How nice that she enjoys the same crafting as her mom ;) I started sewing little things for my dolls around that age (maybe a little younger), and have enjoyed sewing ever since.
    Wendy

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  8. Happy Birthday to GB! She is growing into a wonderful, sweet girl!

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  9. Happy Birthday to your sweet little GB! Eight is the perfect age to get a sewing basket -- I hope she will have many years of fun with it!

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  10. Happy Birthday to GB; she sounds like such a sweetie. What a lovely present - I hope you have many happy hours sewing together to look forward to. Is there any of that delicious looking cake left?! xx

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  11. Many happy returns. Aw Jennifer, it sounds like you have a delightful daughter x

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  12. Happy birthday wishes to your girl. She sounds delightful. I remember loving my grandma's and my mum's sewing boxes and my daughter loves mine and her own. They're mini treasure-troves. Sam x

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  13. Oh how well you have summed up your eight year old, she sounds very grown up already. Wish her a happy birthday. B x

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  14. Happy Birthday to your sweet little girl. Beautiful words for a beautiful girl. x

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  15. What a perfect birthday, a sewing basket and an ice cream cake! I hope you will share some of her creations.

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  16. She sounds a delight, a beautiful girl. Lovely family birthday, many happy returns GB xx

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  17. Happy birthday to your little girl. She is so pretty. Ice cream cake sounds heavenly

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  18. She is a beaut. Happy Birthday! Love from Jo and all of us. Jo x

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  19. A lovely tribute to your daughter. That will make special reading for her when she's older I'm sure x

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  20. Happy Birthday GB, a beautiful post for a special girl.

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  21. what a dear young daughter you have!!! I am so touched by the sewing basket gift, how thoughtful and special for her!!! She sounds like a true delight! So happy for you to have her!!! Love your posts and blog! And the pictures! so wonderful! life is to be celebrated and you are showing us that! :) (ps: thanks so much for your comment today, it really means a lot to me!)

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  22. What a lovely birthday for your special girl. And how true that the apple never falls far from the tree.

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  23. Happy Birthday to your dear daughter. It sounds like a lovely day. A sewing basket is a sweet present, I still have mine from my childhood. Not only that, you have given me an idea for my own daughter for Christmas, as she is becoming more interested in sewing... so thank you! Enjoy your weekend x

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  24. Happy Birthday to your beautiful girl. I noticed in the photo of her looking at the candles how old she looks, it is almost a glimpse of how beautiful she will be when she is older.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  25. Sounds like a fantastic birthday. My biggest girl was 7 last Thursday. She chose a chocolate cake for her cake. I had to try it out a few weeks before her birthday just to check she liked it!! She can be funny about cakes (strange child!!) especially the icing which she usually picks off!! Still I see it as a parental perk to eat the 'cast offs'. Hope she has a magnificent 9th year! xx

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  26. Wow 8 already where did the time go she is growing beautifully x

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  27. Beautiful description of a happy family day. Your little girl sounds so well behaved and sweet natured, how lovely. A sewing basket with lots of equipment sounds like a gorgeous gift x

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