A November birthday




That little girl of mine turned eight yesterday and let me tell you eight is big. She was wound so tightly I really don't know how she didn't pop right up and hit the ceiling, the excitement was huuuuuge. For days.




I planned on keeping the party celebrations low key, just six little girls to entertain, a carefully planned and easily contained craft to fill the time. Entirely manageable.



The snowy weather spreading across the country delayed the arrival of my crafting supplies.



Requiring an emergency raid of my clothes peg bag.




And a big box of fabric scraps.

The room was covered in fabric. It felt like there were many more than six little girls wielding scissors and glue and permanent marker pens across my table.

But I survived and there was a much deserved glass of Monday night wine and everyone got home safely before the snow began in earnest.



And that girl of mine is eight. Eight. How ever does it happen? How can it be? Growing up too fast. As I take down the decorations and watch the snow fall outside the window I think about the babies my children once were, that sweet milky breath, those beautiful lips, those warm folds of skin and baby toes. Oh my, I really miss those baby toes.






Comments

kim said…
Oh, sweet, little Tilly. Happy Belated Birthday to you!

And good for you for using what you had and making a fun time for everyone. I love the tiny clothespin doll.
Country Girl said…
I have to say that eight seems very small to me when my 'little' girl was 15 on Saturday! Very little excitement and no party this year - quite sad!
martha said…
Happy birthday to Tilly, and to you Mama!
dottycookie said…
Oh, Happy Birthday! I have an 8 year old too, and her legs are nearly longer than mine. How? How?!
Flurina said…
i have got some baby toes but miss a quiet moment OR NIGHT from time to time ;-))) love, flurina
Jo's Corner said…
Happy birthday, Tilly. Looks like you had a perfect day.
Bethany Hissong said…
I'm getting tears in my eyes... my daughter is turning 14 in 3 weeks and I don't know how the time went by so fast... too fast! Enjoy 8!!!! Happy Birthday Tilly!! You have the best mom!!!
rachel said…
Having a child is the sharpest way to learn how quickly time flies..... Enjoy every fleeting moment!

Signed, the mother of a baby who became 39 in the twinkling of an eye.....
Willow said…
She's Eight?? Really? Have I been reading your blog for two years? I remember when she turned SIX. Happy Eighth Day, Tilly!

I remember my youngest turning eight, and then fifteen, twenty-one, and now twenty-four! Oh my! I've loved every stage of her life and of her older siblings. Treasure each day and year!
Tabiboo said…
Happy, happy birthday to your big (little) girl - the time only seems to go faster.

Nina xxx
Jo said…
Gosh, you actually just made me look forward to the baby stage with baby-number-two in April! You make it sound positively enjoyable - we'll just gloss over the sleep deprivation for the purposes of nostalgia.

Can't believe my little boy (and his soon-to-be-sibling) will be 8 EVER, it still seems an age away!
TheMadHouse said…
Sounds like a fantastic time, I love the lanterns were are they from?
Thimbleanna said…
Eight! Wow -- that's wonderful. Happy Belated Birthday to your little angel. While you're missing those baby toes, I'm missing that 8-yr. old wide-eyed innocence and oblivion to the pressures of the outside world. Enjoy Eight while you can!
kristina said…
Happy Birthday, Tilly! K x
Bee said…
I long for the baby toe days, too, but from the vantage point of 16 and almost-13, 8 seems terribly sweet and small still! Your clothes-pin dolls were a great "save."
Jane said…
Oh i missed it! Hope it was a wonderful, happy day for your little one. Or should I say big girl of eight!
Anonymous said…
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