Monday, June 18, 2012

Nine! Nine Years!

I recently figured that it has been more time since I left college than it will be until Olivia goes to college.  Seriously.  She's nine--halfway done with her life at home.  Give me just a minute . . . . 

If I think about that too much, I can't handle it.  Since this was an odd birthday, she was granted a "friend" party, and given Olivia's proclivities, we invited eight of her closest friends to a Creative Party.  (With a capital C and P, of course.) 

Each of the girls made their own apron, beaded their own bracelet, decorated their own little cake. . . 
. . . some with more frosting and candy than others . . . 
 . . . and generally, were the best and most fun group of girls I've associated with.  (I didn't post the pictures of the other participants, since I didn't know how their parents would feel about it.)
Mimi had saved a special book to give to Olivia for her birthday.  Her other friends treated her to all the things she loves:  art supplies, chocolate, games, and more art supplies.She couldn't have been happier.   
 And just for a look back to last week nine years ago:
 And eight years ago:
 And six years ago:
 And four years ago:
Luckily for us, she just keeps getting better--more fun, more helpful, smarter, and happier.  I love you, Liv!

6 comments:

Jonas said...

I love that she always looks worried.

Lindsay said...

NINE! Wow! In my mind, she is still the same little girl she was while we lived in Toledo. Happy Birthday Olivia!

Steph said...

Em, the time sure does fly by, glad you seem to brace and enjoy every moment, the good and the sometimes not so good with love and your ever in tact sense of humor. We are looking forward to seeing you next week in Vernal, much love!

Elizabeth R said...

So crazy that you even have a nine-year-old! And, by the way, I think if I muster up the bravery to attempt another pie (and that's a bit 'if') then I will absolutely use your crust recipe. :)

Sara said...

Love you Liv!

dtravelbug said...

OK, so I recognized the view from the pic 8 years ago and THAT freaks ME out. Her party sounds just fabulous, I would have begged to come if it weren't such a long commute. And I would have piled on the candy :) Please give her a big squeezy hug and sign language "I love you" for me. xoxo