And the Birthday Girls

Once we wrap up Caleb’s and Sam’s birthdays, we have a short break to regroup and then it is time for Hannah and Sarah to party!

We had to do some shifting around since we had quick travel plans that started on Hannah’s birthday. I had a conference with the two girls to work out a plan that would save my sanity.

Hannah’s birthday was Saturday the 22rd and Sarah’s birthday was Thursday the 27th. Yes, Sarah’s birthday fell on Thanksgiving this year. She was not thrilled. Sarah is not a big fan of turkey.

Here was the plan: On Thanksgiving Day we would celebrate both birthdays. At lunch we would have Sarah’s birthday meal of burger and fries. In the afternoon we would have two cakes because they could not agree on that point, lol. Then dinner would be a full Thanksgiving meal because that is what Hannah wanted. No problem. Ahem.

Hey, birthdays (and Thanksgiving) come once a year so why not do it in style? We had lots of leftovers and that is a beautiful thing!

Happy Birthday to my Hannah Joy! She is a bundle of energy and joy. Loves to be outdoors in the woods or riding her bike. Super smart and witty. She brightens up our home so much!

Happy Birthday to my Sarah Bear! She has matured greatly in the last year. She likes to be busy and right in the middle of life. She loves to take care of Ezra and is a great big sister. I love how she if full of questions. She is a hard worker and a delight.

The Girls’ Turn to Party!

After celebrating the Boys’ Birthdays, we have a short break before the partying begins again. This time for the girls. Since Hannah and Sarah have a whole five days between their birthdays, they have chosen to celebrate separately. This is probably a good thing as meal selection would be challenging with these two!

Hannah Joy turned 8 on November 22nd.  What a joy she is. Always smiling, full of energy, and ready for adventure. She loves to draw and create with paper. Enjoys reading a bit but will quickly put her book away for a chance to run in the woods.

Hannah is a no frills kind of gal. Comfy clothes and a simple pony tail is all she needs to be ready for the day. Her birthday request was to have Indians on her birthday cake; no princesses needed. Hamburger and fries were the birthday meal. No one was complaining.

Sarah Michal turned 6 on November 27th. She was very thankful that her birthday did not fall on Thanksgiving this year (both girls’ birthdays can fall on Thanksgiving); having turkey for her birthday dinner is not a good thing. Sarah’s choice? Bacon. Smart girlie.

Sarah is growing up so quickly. Her strong spirit and quick temper have mellowed as she has gotten older. She does like to stay busy. A bored Sarah is one who tends to find trouble. She loves her school work and drawing. And more drawing. And hey, why not some more drawing? And cutting all the things she draws. She should have asked for a case of paper for her birthday. I do love my Sarah Bear!!

Happy Birthday to my very special girlies!!!!.

Hazy Days of Summer

It seems as if the day goes by and I realize that I didn’t even attempt to cross off an item on my “To Sew” list.  Sewing means retrieving and hunting down all the necessary items.  It never fails when I need to sew that I can’t find the measuring tape, the seam ripper or thread I need. Add in that the dining room/school table is my sewing spot adds in an extra twist of fun.

Several days ago, I decided that no matter what else was pressing that day, that I was going to sew! I found a fun, colorful fabric and measured Hannah. She needed something new and fun, right?

It was a simple skirt.  A yoke waist with elastic and a simple gathered skirt attached. It just took a small bit of my afternoon. It was a perfect fit. Alas, she had to wait to wear it. Amazingly, the child had not one shirt that would match.  How does a seven year old girl not have a shirt of white, pink or yellow? A problem quickly solved on the next errand day.

I couldn’t resist snapping a picture or two. It was a humid, hazy summer afternoon in the south. The grass was high and the mosquitoes were hungry. We didn’t linger long. I do love how the pictures turned out.

I think I need to make her another skirt or two.