~ 10 ~
Yup. Our sweet baby girl, our one and only baby girl, turned 10 years old in November. She's still every bit a little girl and yet she's so much more. She's a rough and tumble, crazy and klutzy, silly and serious, not a shy bone in her body, wants to go to work with Daddy to hug all of the "unused gifts" (the residents of the nursing home), second mommy, bookworm.
A part of me wants to say, "It feels like yesterday when we brought her home from the hospital". Another part of me disagrees. I'm not sure it feels like 10 years since we brought our little 6lb-6oz bundle home from the hospital, but it's hard to remember life without her.
For her birthday we let Livvy get her ears pierced. She chose a small blue stud. She said it hurt more than she thought it would, but she's glad she got them pierced. Not that she'll change her earrings often, she's just not that kind of girl, but hopefully she'll enjoy the added sparkle that it brings to her natural beauty. And, coincidentally, she also got glasses two days after her birthday. She's just sooo cute! And grown up looking!
For Livvy's party she wanted chocolate covered chocolate chip brownies in lieu of a cake. She also wanted a "fashion" birthday party (which, if you know Livvy, meant a goofy fashion party, as she could care less about style, what people think of her, or fitting in). She and her friends painted their nails and played a dress-up game. It was so much fun to watch the two teams of girls race to get dressed up from two laundry baskets of funky clothes - something on the head, neck, body, and feet - and then run to the middle of the living room to pose for the camera.
Grammie and Pop-Pop came all the way from OH again to spend Livvy's birthday and Thanksgiving Day with us. It's always nice to have them here! Grammie was even brave enough to let Livvy paint her nails.
I'm looking forward to the upcoming years where I get to go from just mom and teacher, to mom, teacher and friend. I just love this girl!