Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Crazy 8!

Last friday my sweet girl turned eight years old. EIGHT. That is old. It feels weird to have my youngest be eight. I kept my freak outs over her age to myself and we had a really nice day. I brought her a special lunch to school and sat with her and her friends. Then we all got to go have recess together. I love these little moments- getting to hang out with her in her daily life with the people she chooses to spend time with. Later we had a visit from some favorite out of town cousins and dinner at The Cheesecake Factory- her choice (she loves their deep fried macaroni and cheese balls- wow! What and idea. Deep frying the fatiest fatty food! They are ,of course, delicious!) She loves how big and fancy it feels. The wait at TCF was 90 minutes (!! at 5:30!!!) so my husband casually mentioned that we should go take her to have her ears pierced. That is not the type of thing you can mention to an eight year old and then go back on. We went and watched a couple of girl's get their ear's pierced and she promptly changed her mind. I didn't really have an opinion either way so we bought cheesy accesories for her and her cousin instead. She thought about it all night though and as soon as she woke up the next day she told me that she was going to get them pierced today! So after a particularly exciting baseball game where my son hit two home runs (he was tagged out at home in an exciting slide/late catch on the first one so he came back at next up and hit it a bit farther so he would be sure to make it that time!) we headed to the mall and she did it. For being as whatever about it as I felt, the second the peircing guns went off, I got all choked up. I hadn't expected to feel that way at all but in the end it did feel sort of mile-stoney. I get choked up a lot this time of year though. The end of the school year is always a tough one for me- moving on- the feeling that things are just moving way too fast.

At any rate, I always like to make something for her for her birthday. She had asked for Felicity - the American Girl Doll. She is a girl who doesn't really ask for a lot of things so my Mom and I went halfsies on it. I do have to say I love the AG books. It is a nice way for her to learn history from a more resonant perspective. In fact, I found the greatest book on Amazon to go with the doll . She hasn't read it yet but both my husband and I have read it. It sort of sucks you in with lots of great details and photos. Well, Felicity needed a quilt so I dug through my stash to see what I had to make a Felicity appropriate quilt. A friend had given me a bag of scraps last summer and in it was a half finished embroidery piece. About a million french knots later, I finished it and used it for the center of the quilt.>
My daughter loves it and I was happy with how it finished up. I think the pink stripe was a scrap from a garage sale a couple of summers ago. I love embroidery and it is so nice to be able to have a portable project that you can just have in a bag and pull out where and when ever. I have one more half finished panel that if someone wants it, I would be happy to put it in the mail. You have to enjoy making french knots though!


Laura J. said...

We love the AG books too. I'm not sure where you live, but you should consider going to visit Williamsburg (where Felicity lived) When I told my daughter we were going there, she wanted to know, "Will we see Felicity?!!" It's a great place to visit and you can hit Jamestown in the same visit.

Valerie said...

Whoa. That is a LOT of French knots. I am impressed! What a great birthday for her! I can imagine that I would get all choked up as well if I had a daughter getting her ears pierced. I am so ready for life to slow down and my little guy to stop growing for a just a while! :)

Stephanie said...

That mini quilt is simply gorgeous! Love all those french knots, they would probably make me crazy, but the end result is beautiful. Happy Birthday to your 8 year old, sounds like she had a great birthday!