Hi everyone! Sorry for the hiccup in my blogging schedule. A stomach flu took out four of my kiddos, and then two birthdays (including mine) kept me busy through the week. Our Spice Girl turned 5, and I can hardly believe it!! Cliched, I know, but it seems like yesterday that Sugar was her age and we were bringing baby Spice home from the birth center, all pink and squishy.
Well, things are still pink, but a lot has changed. Of all my children, I’d say she is by far the most extroverted! She is silly and sassy and a lot of fun. She knows her mind, and she has a huge heart. There are days when I wish I could freeze her in time, but the more time I spend with her, the more I realize she is going to grow into a really fun person, and I can’t wait to know that ideation of her, too.
I realized in editing the photos for this post that I seem to have a trend of taking pictures of presents and cake on birthdays and not much else. This is usually because my arms are full of baby for the remainder of the day, and my focus is being pulled in a hundred directions, so I just never think to grab my camera. I wish I did, because I don’t want to leave the impression (to you, or to my kids) that their special days were all about gifts and sweets.
In addition to opening presents (including a coveted stuffed cow purchased by her big siblings, and hand-knit blankets from Grandma – one for Spice and one for her piggies!), we went to a local farm park. It’s the same place we’ll be having Sugar’s birthday party this year. Spice said she didn’t want a party this year. (Birthday parties are on offer for 5th, 7th, 10th, 13th, 16th, and 18th birthdays – with 6 birthdays in the span of 1.5 months, I can’t handle doing more than a couple parties a year!). “Just us and pigs,” she said, and so we went to the farm to visit the pigs. Little Bitsy, the only porker on display this season, was very friendly. She came right up to nuzzle Spice with her nose. We also got to see horses, goats, rabbits, chickens, and cows. Unfortunately, it rained after that, so we had to cancel our playground plans, but Spice was surprisingly chill about it, and I promised to take them later this week once the sun starts shining again.
Yesterday was Father’s Day. We celebrated the baptism of our friends’ sweet baby boy, and then we lounged and grilled, and Daddy got in a bike ride. He’s training for the Fred Hutch Obliteride, where he gets to participate as a survivor! I’m so proud and can’t wait to cheer him on. Mostly, I am just so thankful for another year with the best man I’ve ever known.
Also, I turned 33! Brian bought me the gorgeous peonies that you can see in Spice’s birthday photos. My birthday is 5 days before hers, and they are still blooming! I love them. Along with lilacs, peonies are my favorite flower. Originally, we’d planned to go out for dinner to celebrate, just the two of us, but with four kids still getting over a pretty vicious stomach virus, we decided it was better not to chance it – or to risk getting the babysitter sick! So we stayed in and decided to put our plans off for later. Hopefully next week, I’ll keep you posted.
And then we had one last exciting addition to our lives: GLASSES! Sugar is now the proud owner of her first pair of glasses, the first of our kids to need them. I told her she could pick a place to go our for lunch to celebrate – but only if she got glasses. And she did! So we celebrated with burgers and shakes at the Tipsy Cow, and we had a great time. The five kids and I were squashed between two men having a business meeting and a whole table of 20-somethings on their lunch break, and they were the nicest folks! One of the businessmen helped me pick up the crayons when Pumpkin dropped his, and one of the 20-something guys made smile faces at the baby until she fell asleep. It was so cute, and the kids did great.
So that’s it for me. What’s new in your life? Drop a comment or shoot me an email – I’d love to hear what you’re up to this June!
Sweetness + grace,