Saturday, July 28, 2012

Seventh Birthday Recap

We have a pretty awesome family tradition going for birthdays. Its pretty simple and super meaningful, especially since I work outside the home.

To celebrate birthdays I take the day off from work and spend the day with the birthday child. Its a time to connect one-on-one. Something my daughter and I haven't gotten to do a whole lot since her brother was born. Most years we spend most of the day hanging out just the two of us.

When she was little I picked the activities. For her first birthday it was a simple trip to her favorite park, a few rides, and lunch at Chick-fil-a. Come to think of it we did the same thing for Little Man's first birthday too!

Its a sweet tradition that I really hope she will not outgrow anytime soon.

This year since Big Girl is well, big, and seven, she picked out the activities and I just figured out which ones were realistic (um, no we can't go snorkeling in the Bahamas again quite yet!) and how to fit them into the day.

This year started with an early morning - i.e. early for the girl that sleeps like she is 17 not 7 - toast with sprinkles and a candle in bed.

...Another example of my excellent not so excellent photography skills.

After the 7 a.m. wake up it was downstairs for presents, playing with presents and some snoozin' on the couch. (Did I mention a little teen like sleeping going on?)

Then it was onto Chucky Cheese for games and pizza.

This was followed by the movie Brave.

Honestly, I should have done more research on this one, and take Andrea's advise. It was scary for her and she cried and asked to leave. We didn't because the scary parts past (mostly) quickly, but it was the biggest downer of the birthday.

After the movie it was on to a swim meet for more fun. I'm not big on bragging, but if you have an athletic event on your birthday, isn't it pretty sweet to win? She did.

Also got to swim her first relay with the 7 and 8 year-olds. They got third, so she was super excited about that as well.

All in all, a fun day.

Do you have any special traditions with your kids? Anything special you do for birthdays? I'd love to hear about them.

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