My baby turned eight today. That's it, you know, the cut off for pretending you still have a little kid. I begged and pleaded with her to stay seven forever, but at 6:47 this morning, she inexorably turned eight without any say-so from Mom.
Both kids were born the first weeks of November, so we do a party for each of them every other year (it also always manages to fall on my busiest week of the year apart from Sale A Bration). Dan's the lucky one this year. Since we had a half day of school on her actual birthday, Natalie got to pick a buddy to come for the afternoon and she grabbed her only girl fellow classmate, Camille. Natalie's tall for her age and Camille's very petite, so they make a cute pair!
I bet you can't guess who decorated the cake, huh? We started off the morning with the whole family piled in her little bed, reminiscing about the day she was born, who was there, who called who with the news. Then we had chocolate chip pancakes and opened a wowie-kazaam of a present--just the one this year! I believe it's full title is "The Ultimate Dream Castle." Many thanks for Grandma Griffin for the birthday loot that made it possible.
It's assembled (at the cost of a sore wrist and a cut finger) but I need to snap a picture of it and add it to this post. She loves it, and the sound effects aren't too horribly annoying, and only about 25 of the fifty micro-mini accessories are already AWOL, so it's a success all round.
One more picture just because our backyard is particularly golden and splendiferous right now. In the late afternoon light it was practically incandescent. Another glorious Wisconsin fall day... not too many of those left. Better cherish them, and tuck the fat golden leaf and the memory away in a drawer to pull out again on a rainy day. Kind of like a scrapbook of a certain little not-seven-anymore girl who will never be quite again the same she was yesterday.
"We have this moment to hold in our hand,
And to touch, as it slips through our fingers like sand.
Yesterday's gone and tomorrow many never come,
But we have this moment-- today."