Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Happy 9th birthday Emily!

How did we get from this...

... to this so quickly?

Yesterday, June 9th, 2009 was Emily's 9th birthday...her "Golden Birthday"! What's a golden birthday? Supposedly, it's when your date of birth is the same # as the age you are turning. I missed mine; it was when I was 4...oh well. But, Emily turned 9 on the 9th yesterday, so she wanted to make sure that we did something extra special on her golden birthday. I'm sure that she meant something extra special would be an extra present, but instead, Jason, Ben, Abby and I each wrote a list of 9 Things we love about Emily. Of course, it wasn't difficult to come up with a list. Emily's a great kid and we are so blessed to have her!

A few highlights from the list:
I love the way your dimples show
when you smile really big. (Dad)

I love how you work hard to make your friends
feel better when they are sad. (Dad)

I love how you are brave and share
about God with your friends. (Dad)

I love how kind and caring you are. (Mom)

I love that you are truthful and
do your best to do what's right. (Mom)

I love your shiny brown eyes. (Mom)

You play with me. (Ben)

You teached me how to blow up balloons. (Ben)

You love me. (Ben)

You kiss and hug me. (Abby)

You are funny. (Abby)

You draw with me. (Abby)

On to the presents...
I love it when I get a reaction like this:

All because of these; the new craze...
Japanese erasers!

And roller blades!
(pink ones, of course)

And on to the party:

Craft: this... this...

...equals this...check!

Can't forget the good friends...check!

Add a night walk complete with glow sticks...check!

Top it off with sleeping in the tent in the backyard...check!

Oh yeah, almost forgot...
Add Mom sleeping in the tent, too...oh well...check!

Hope your birthday was fun, Em!
We love you and are so proud of you!


Laurie M said...

She's just beautiful, Mel! Happy Happy Birthday to Emily from The Mounces

cgentzel said...

Oh, Melissa, that was such a beautiful tribute to your equally beautiful daughter. I'm such a sissy... I actually teared up reading it. You have such a way with words.
We're sorry we missed her birthday, but it seems that it was celebrated in high style! Please pass along our belated birthday wishes to Miss Em.
Love and miss you,

rhonda owens said...

You're so creative. Where'd you get that flip-flop/balloon idea?! I bet the party was a BLAST! And I loved the idea of each of you writing 9 things that you love about Emily: precious.