This past weekend my sweet girl turned 9, 😥 . I was a little sad over just how quickly she is growing up, (Aren’t all mama’s sad about this on their child’s birthday?) but I put my brave face on and we celebrated all day long. Today I wanted to recap our birthday adventures so you can get a glance at how a 9-year-old girl might choose to celebrate her birthday.
She woke up around 7:00. Technically I woke her up by singing to her, but she was already stirring around so I didn’t feel too bad. Emily quickly burst through the door SO excited to celebrate with her sister.
The first thing on her list (I kid you not, she actually made a birthday timeline full of things we could do.) was walking to the donut shop just a couple blocks away. (Man, we are going to miss that place.) After we waited on some rain showers to clear out, we were on our way.
After our donut feast she declared that she’d like to go to the library. Since the new library opened we have made no less than 5 trips a week. But they really love going and get so excited every time. I wonder if the excitement will wear off eventually? I am guessing it might.
We stopped into Wal-Mart on our way home where we looked for these after a tip from a fiend on IG. What donut loving girl doesn’t need donut flip-flops?!
After consulting the timeline, we decided to hit up a local park for some rock hunting and finding. We only found 3 that day but we hid several for other people to find. In fact, Marissa left a painted rock everywhere she went all day long.
Lunch was the birthday girls request, Chinese food. We picked up some take-out at our favorite place and headed home.
Stuffed with egg rolls and sweet and sour chicken we didn’t do much for the next hour or so. But 2:00 was “scheduled” as cake time. We ended up getting her and ice cream cake from DQ which was really odd for me. I have ALWAYS made my kids’ birthday cakes. I kept feeling weird about the whole thing, but she LOVED it so much.
Her birthday chalkboard complete with donuts and ice cream. They are two of her favorite things ever and our sweet treats for the day.
The rest of the day was presents, grilling burgers (her choice), playing with toys, and watching Moana. It was such a relaxing and simple day. I snuck her outside later that evening and snapped an “officially 9” photo.
And that was that.
I look at that sweet face 9 years later and I think how very much the same she is. That dimpled grin still makes me smile. She is every bit as stubborn as she’s always been, still a mother hen by nature, and she’ll always and forever be my baby whether she’s 9, or 19. So even though the time passes by, whether we want it to or not, some things have a way of never changing.
It was a great day to celebrate a great girl.
Happy Birthday Marissa!
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