Sunshine turned ten.
Her birthday always takes me by surprise as it is just ten days after Christmas. We are just winding down from the holidays and then I panic - I have to plan a party! At least we have learned to order her birthday gifts at the same time as her Christmas gifts.
Her original birth-date also caught us by surprise. We thought she was due at the end of January, but she arrived at what we thought was 36 weeks. Fortunatley she passed the full term baby test. I either had my due date wrong or she cooked fast. I would not be surprised if it were the latter.
This girl is speedy. She thrives on charging ahead. There's really no stopping her when she wants to do something - cooking in the kitchen, climbing trees, devouring books, writing plays, creating gifts for others, composing music. This girl has drive.
The first time I enrolled the kids in ice skating, the teacher's evaluation at the end of the session read something like, "She is speedy and unafraid - sign her up for fall!"
Unfortunately, I didn't sign her up. I probably should have. She has the guts it would take to be in a sport like figure skating or gymnastics. Sometimes I feel like I failed her by not continuing these activities after a session or two, but it was fun while it lasted.
Theater takes guts too, and she is happy to be resuming this activity later this month, having always loved center stage.
And of course she is plenty busy with piano and violin. This takes guts too.
Here's to ten years!
She had a cake with a big yellow smile for her first birthday.
Not sure what kind of cake this was!
She liked yellow when she was three just like her little sister.
The year she started liking turtles.
The Princess Party year.
Flower Fairies and Mrs. Peter's Birthday Cake.
Sometimes her cake doubles as an Epiphany cake.
Still liked My Little Pony.
She asked for a zoo cake. Maybe she feels like she lives in a zoo?
A Tea Party with friends featuring angel food cupcakes.
Happy birthday, Sushine - you make us smile!