Jul 26, 2015

Eight is Great!


And wow, she's eight people! Our Olivia had her eighth birthday last week and I have to say, what a little lady she is becoming!  She's growing up, crazy fast!  Just today we had a talk, her and I, because her Daddy had given her instructions and she felt we were telling her, just a little too much, what to do.  She came and expressed how she felt and why, and I talked to her about why we, as her parents, do what we do.  We came to a fair solution and everyone was heard, happy and understood...but the whole time I was talking to her, I couldn't help but think what a beautiful young lady she is growing into!





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And so, what did this lovely little lady want to do on her Birthday?? Well, hit the beach, of course!  We planned to head out after the baby's morning nap and Daddy would join us after work, bringing take out dinners to have beach side.  He was also to pick up the cake from home before meeting us there.


I packed up kids and cargo but all the while, the skies threatened to not co-operate!  We manage to enjoy a couple of hours on the lake but it was just too cool and the rain was threatening a torrential shower any minute - so me and the kiddos headed home to meet Daddy before he got to the house. 


At home we had a low-key, lovely time! Daddy brought dinner, there were gifts, cake and a new movie to enjoy as a fam-jam! (Well...two thirds of a fam-jam, the littlest Littles went to bed first!)  



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As for her cake, Olivia requested a "Barbie" cake just like Catherine had for her Birthday.  So I obliged, changing it slightly and accommodating her choice of vanilla cake with chocolate icing.  I used a box cake as usual, because baking is so not my thing but made a few of those Pinterest tweaks to make it taste like homemade and it was pretty good!!   And of course, Olivia loved it - so that was really all that mattered!! 






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Grandparents and friends dotted the weekend with visits, gifts and love!  She was excited for anything and everything she received!  Olivia has a real joy and is one of those people that reminds you of the simple, sweet pleasures in life!  She was just as super excited and ecstatic over a pair of pants, or a bag of jelly beans or a new, cool Lego set!  It was all wonderful to her!  


I love this little Lady and it's surreal watching her grow all these years.  She is the one that tries my patience the most but also teaches me so very much about myself and helps me recognize my own struggles as well!  I think she is a special girl that God will use...and has used...to teach many of us the real joys to be found in this life!





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But each of these little people are a gift to me!  Four here, one above, all loved, adored and thankful for!  Oh, yes, it's not all sunshine and roses but nothing in life is...and the truly worthwhile things are often what we struggle the most in and for!  But I am blessed and I know that, I thank God for each of these precious people and each day I have with them!


And though, there are days when I long for more "me" time, or to enjoy a full cup of hot coffee, or just my own brain for more then five minutes, I wouldn't give up any of these past eight years, for anything!  




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"While we try to teach our
children all about life,
our children teach us what
life is all about."







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5 comments:

  1. Oh eight is great!! I can say that- because Caleb is, too!! It is fun to watch them still be little kids but, growing up so, so fast - into mature little people.

    Happy (belated) birthday - Olivia. You're mama is right- you are beautiful!! and what a beautiful cake, too!

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    1. That's exactly it - still little kids but growing in maturity - it's a neat mix....most of the time! ;) Thanks, on the cake! :)

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  2. Happy Belated Birthday to your sweet girl... yes they grow up so fast.. my two are 23 and married, and my girl is 17... Enjoy which I can tell you do, and its ok to have a little me time to just recharge, and refresh so you can be the best you can be... The cake looked amazing... I too would make a it from a box... or just buy one... whatever works...

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    1. Sorry, is that you have two that are 23 and married and a girl that is 17 or two kids in total, 23 (married) and 17?! Sorry, just read that and thought it could be taken a few ways! :P lol!! Yes, I do take some "me" time, my husband is good for making sure I do! :) And yes, box, bought or homemade it\s all what works!! (though I'm always bought or boxed with personal touches! heheh!)

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    2. Two in total.... yes it read funny huh... I love your humor... have a good day

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