We've had a bunch of birthdays around here in the last few weeks so I have some family post catching up to do.
Less than a fortnight after my birthday, Georgia turned 8!! What a delightful age & such a beautiful young lady she is becoming.
Georgia didn't really want anything for her birthday as she knows we are saving hard for a family holiday at the moment but she had been secretly wishing for a camera. We surprised her with an iPod touch which we, along with my whole family, put in to buy for her so that she has her music library, a few movies, all sorts of App technology at hand AND a great camera while we are travelling. Its been great & she was absolutely gobsmacked!
She also got a little toiletry kit, hair brush, magazine and we bought her a few books. The limited edition Lauren Child's Clarice Bean, which she gobbled up so quickly & LOVED. Craft-A-Day which is a really awesome book for young crafters to work on their own &/or mums who want to craft with their little ones. A Lonely Planet childrens Paris book which is also awesome.
She requested a double decker chocolate cake with vanilla icing & m&m's. It was delish.
Georgia was also very excited & overwhelmed that I gifted her with one of my original paintings. I've made artwork for all the kids over the years but its been a while & so often they see something I've made & ask to keep it & I have to tell them its already sold or listed in the shop because we need the income. Its so very cute having my own tiny fanclub. Anyway, this little girl I painted reminds me of Georgia. Studious & fabulously geeky. Its the perfect painting for her & its her favourite.
Less than a fortnight after Georgia's birthday, we celebrated Charlotte turning 7!! Charlotte is bursting with curiosity & is so interested in science & the world around her. She loves to gobble up science books & she asks a million questions, about 70% of those we can't answer! She's very bright but easily distracted if she's not challenged. School has been a bit 'boring' for her lately but its been beautiful to see her making some lovely friendships and feeling more secure & confident in her school environment.
The beautiful romantic dreamer & explorer she is, it was only natural that one of her birthday wishes was to jump in the puddles of rain that drenched our back yard. It bucketed down on her birthday, it was glorious.
Charlotte received all the same or similar presents as Georgia for her birthday, as a parent its easist for us if gifts are mostly the same! We did tell her though that she would not be getting an iPod Touch, that she would have to wait until she was 8. Of course it was a hilarious surprise when she drilled down from a big box to find a little iPod Touch waiting for her in the final little box to be opened.
Charlotte's books were Lonely Planet childrens guide to London, How to be a World Explorer [I was a little disappointed with the lack of colour which what would have otherwise been a fabulous book considering the great content] and she also got the beautiful hardback of Pippi Longstocking illustrated by Lauren Child.
My little Missy also had 3 opportunities for birthday celebrations this year & wanted rainbow cakes or cupcakes for all of them. One dinner with my side of the family, another lunch with Jeffs side of the family & a 3rd; a little tea party with some of her school friends.
Next up, and again, less than a fortnight from Charlottes birthday, our little Buddy turned 3!
There's been much hinging on Lachlan turning 3, he's really an actual boy now! No longer a toddler [sob sob!] and at last he is excited about being old enough to go into the Ikea playroom with his 4 big sisters. Mind you his complete lack of interest in wearing his jocks & fulfilling all his 3 year old obligations will ensure he doesn't get in just yet! I haven't wanted to push this but seriously, TT with boys? What the? After 4 girls, how do I do this? Aaagh!
Anyway, this was the first birthday that Buddy really understood what was going to happen and asked every day for the few weeks before, when it was going to be his birthday. He got excited over clothes, was overwhelmed opening cards wtih cash inside & just loved opening parcel after parcel with dinosaur toys, dinosaur pyjamas, luggage for his big holiday coming up, a football, gorgeous books & a fort building kit. He's now a pro at ripping off all the paper & pulling out gifts & reacting with the appropriate level of excitement. So funny & cute to watch him.
And here's the remains of the little tea party we had on the weekend for Georgia & Charlotte and a couple of their friends. Very low key this year, just the tiniest bit of fuss.
So there's been quite alot going on here with so much partying happening along with my course commitments but I've managed to keep it together without running myself into the ground completely. OK, so I am feeling a little tired but I'm pretty good considering. And all my babies are getting older! Sob! Ok, maybe I'm not so good. LOL
Oh and the twins haven't totally missed out, poor darlings having new year birthdays & then having to wait a whole year for Christmas & birthday to come again all at the same time. Here they are below, very happy after coming home from a pre-school friends ballet party on the weekend, complete with very full belly's & slurping down lollipops - something we don't let them have at home. Best thing about parties, all the rules go out the window! Hmmm.
On a side note, Chelsea's heart surgery scar has never been hidden on purpose, we are all super proud of her & she herself wears it with pride. She's been in a magazine and on TV afterall, so in her eyes, she's famous! But I noticed when I dressed her for the ballet party that it was sticking out practically the whole way. The leotard was very low cut [she's on the left]. Anyway, I just wanted to take the opportunity to check in with her, we have all kind of forgotten about it mostly. Its our normal....
I asked her what it was and again she proudly said to me that it was her zipper because she's a heartkid! I reminded her we are so proud & how brave she was. I let her know if anyone noticed or said anything about it that she was to say exactly what she wanted & to be proud of it. She rolled her eyes at me at said 'Of course I will.'
She has no worries that kid and I have no need right now to worry about her either. She's amazing. I just want to keep boosting her up as much as I can because someday maybe someone will say something. I just want her to be prepared. And at 5, sounds like she already is. So I guess I can put it to bed for a while & let her come to me if she needs.
Mind you, I couldn't help myself but ask her after the party if anyone said anything, 'nup' she said & skipped off to busy herself with something.
And so life goes on....