Tuesday, July 12, 2011


This summer I will always remember as one of great growth and development for our Bee. She'll be eight next week. On her birthday, we will be at an amusement park in Kansas City. She will probably be riding her first roller coaster. She will be EIGHT.
Over the holiday weekend she lost two teeth in 24 hours. She's suddenly got the standard jack-o-lantern smile of any school age child.

She jumped off of the diving board for the first time ever on the second day of swimming lessons two weeks ago. It was with zero hesitation that she took her first dip in the deep end.

She tried out a rope swing on a lake and rode on a tube behind a boat minutes after her very first boat ride. She thought that a day spent at the lake was the very best thing she'd ever done (she feels that way often) and that it was definitely the BEST DAY EVER.

Maybe because she's our first, we've sheltered her a bit. Suddenly she's in the big world and trying new things with more energy and delight than anyone I've ever met. She's excited by small things and still loves being a kid.

It's off to third grade in August and I can only imagine what's next. I'm so glad to be her mom.

Honest, generous, creative, and sweet. Our Bee is such a joy.


Jenifer said...

Happy Birthday! What a big girl...she has really changed, they all do I guess! As parents I think we still see those sweet baby faces even if they are getting as big as us.

Have fun at the amusement park...I can't keep my girls off the roller coasters, once they get a taste it is all over!

Michelle said...

wow she looks all grown up! she's so beautiful too...what a touching post. Happy 8th birthday!

Aliki2006 said...

Beautiful girl! I know--it's a thrill to think about what comes next, isn't it? Happy early birthday to her!

Mimi in the Midwest said...

She is a jewel. She so reminds me of you- sensitive and joy filled by everything. I hope she can hold on to that......... it's priceless.

Di said...

I think your Bee is very much like her momma. She appreciates all the little and big things in life and seems so grounded. Good parenting for sure. Happy Birthday Bee. I know Miss Jacque always had a special place in her heart for YOU.

Jen said...

Woo hoo! Happy birthday to her! Are you headed to Worlds of Fun?