Turning Nine, A Birthday Recap

This past weekend my sweet girl turned 9,  πŸ˜₯ . 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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  • Aww, Happy Birthday! My oldest will turn 7 this year. I know 9 seems forever away but will before I can even blink. She’s a beautiful young lady! God is good and the day sounds simply perfect!

    • Oh man, it sure will! I remember Marissa turning 7 just last week, now her youngest sister is almost there. Thank you so much.

  • Babes don’t keep!! I love that she planned her day. I do the same thing. It’s your birthday only once a year, make the most of it!

    • Exactly! It was exhausting having Fathers Day the next day though. Next year her birthday will be ON Fathers day. Last time that happened she turned 4 and it won’t happen again until she turns 21. So crazy.

  • Awww!! I love that she made a list! Happy Birthday Marissa!

  • Jessica

    She is a girl after my own heart with the donuts and library. That’s my kind of day. Love it! I’m glad you guys had a fun day!

    • We really did. I wish we could do it all over again!

  • Heather Bramlett

    What a fun day! I love that she had a “schedule” Glad she had a great birthday!

    • She has always and forever been a list maker, lol. So funny. Thank you!

  • I love that list– a girl after my own heart! What a special day!!

    • Yes! Her list making started before she could even write. She would just draw photos back then.

  • What a wonderful day! I think that would be my perfect birthday day too. Yum donuts! Happy birthday!!

    • Pretty much any day that involves donuts is a good one. Am I right, or am I right?! Thank you.

      • I would have to agree, we might get donuts at some point every weekend…shhh, don’t tell anyone.

        • Baha ha! My love for donuts runs DEEP. I totally get it. Your secret is safe with me ;).

  • What a perfect day of celebrating!!

  • I just know that Marissa and Maddi would be best friends πŸ™‚ They are kindred spirits for sure! I love that Marissa planned her day with a list. I also love how fun the day was! Happy 9th Birthday Marissa!

    • They would get along SO well. Thank you so much.

  • Oh how I love this post! So cool that you guys have a donut shop within walking distance. Mason would love that! He wants donuts all the time. Your new library looks awesome and I can see why they want to go there all the time! Marissa’s painted rocks are awesome. I need to see if there is anything like that around here. If not, maybe we could start it! Looks like a perfect day of celebrating your precious girl!

    • It was a great day. We will definitely miss our donut shop when we move. We need to scout the area out more and hope that there is a good one relatively close by!

  • Tammy Gould

    What an awesome day you all had! Happy birthday Marissa!!!! It’s awesome she made her own list for her day, the years go flying by. I was so sad when my son turned 18 in December, now my daughter will be 24 in August! My the years go by so quickly.

    Came over by Tuesday talk, today is my first time. I’m somewhat new to the blogging life!

    • Oh man. I can totally see just how true that is. I feel like she was just born, now 9?!?! I don’t like this one bit.

      So glad to have you join us! Welcome to the world, it is a fun, fun place.

  • Oh Marissa, what a perfect day! Donuts, the library, burgers, and a movie?! She is a girl after my own heart, that’s for sure! I’m so glad that she enjoyed her special day!

    • Thank you so much friend. She really had an amazing day.

  • Sounds like the perfect day! I need to start the rock thing around here. It’s so cool!

    • It IS so cool… and then it blows up a bit and looses some of its fun. You know how people have a way of taking something fun and running over it. We still look for them though.

  • What a great birthday celebration!

    • It was a super fun day to celebrate our girl

  • Happy Birthday! What a perfect day. Love her dimples πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much. Those dimples have always been a favorite of mine.

  • Lizzie Simantz

    What a fun day!! Your library looks so nice! I love all the yummy food she picked out!

    • That library is RIDIC! I should do an entire post just on it, lol. So beautiful and shiny and new.

  • What a fun birthday! Happy Birthday to her!

  • Whitney Jordan

    What a perfect day for the birthday girl! I LOVE the fact that she had a birthday timeline. A girl after my own heart.

    • She has been a list maker since she was Olives age! Before she could write, she drew pictures πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.

  • Happy birthday! Donuts and chinese food? Sign me up to celebrate next year!

  • What a perfect day! Sweet, sweet girl…she looks so genuinely happy and it is just such a blessing. Secretly hoping for an ice cream cake for my birthday from DQ now. haha

    • Oh man that ice cream cake was so stinking good. I wish I had bought a bigger one, lol!

  • I love her timeline. Birthdays are the best. I feel like this year might be a whammy with Aria and Lincoln being just under two weeks apart. Oh no just the thought has me teary..must stop. Happy thoughts! Happy thoughts! donuts! Walking to donuts is so so nice because the walk cancels out all calories. I’m guessing donut shops won’t be so close at your new build?

    • Yeah, don’t think about it at all. Aria has a big birthday coming up too, right?! Will it be 4 or 5…. oh boy. I can’t remember. Now I need to go stalk the blog to remember. Donuts are ALWAYS happy thoughts, always. The new place will definitely not be as convenient. If you could see where we are now, that would make more sense. We literally live a block or so off of the busiest street in town that is close to everything. It’s an amazingly quiet neighborhood though. So yeah, anything would be different from this. The new land is technically out of city limits but only by a mile. It is less than 10 minutes from where we currently live too. So we’ll be out, but not the middle of nowhere out. We are SO excited.