Wednesday, August 27, 2008

My Baby is 7 ... Can You Believe It???

Yes, the rumors are true. Grace Lu turned seven years old this past Saturday. Man. 7. That just sounds old! I'll be honest - I was a little bit nervous about her birthday. You'll remember that Abi and Hana had a shared birthday party back in June on Abi's birthday (since we missed Hana's 5th birthday in March). That was all great back then, but I wasn't sure how they'd feel about all eyes on Grace. But you know - the kids had a fantastic day! They were very excited for Grace with her gifts. And she did a pretty good job at sharing (see the new tent below), so that always helps! And this was Grace's FIRST friend party. Abi and Hana love when Grace's friends come over and they did great playing along. We had an outside party (mostly) with the kiddie pool under the slide, a borrowed slip-and-slide, trampoline, etc. I thought the kids would be set for hours! Ha! Bored in 30 minutes. But all and all lots of fun!

These tents are on sale at Target right now and my kids LOVE it. It is an "outdoor" tent, but certainly not all weather. =) It works well in the living room too!

Grace requested a chocolate cake with pink icing and strawberries. It didn't turn out too bad!

The weather was beautiful all afternoon for the party, and then storms rolled in that evening. It was perfect timing - we are all super tired from the day! We camped out on the couch and watched a movie (Grace's pick was Howl's Moving Castle) and just cuddled and enjoyed each other's company. Nice end to a nice day.

Obviously this is Ally. But she was super cute.

I've been thinking all week about what to write about Grace for her birthday post. Unfortunately, none of it was good enough.

Grace is just a super kid. She's lovable, smart, goofy and very sweet. Her world has really been turned upside down in the last two years - she went from being an only child for five years to being big sister of 3 (and soon-to-be little sister to 1). And yet, she continues to roll with it with very little complaint. All her younger siblings adore her. Hana often gets on Grace's nerves (what little sister doesn't?) because she wants so badly to be like her. Ally just lights up for her. Grace even spent over a half hour with Abi the other night, trying to teach him how to jump from the tires in our yard. Abi was just so sure he couldn't do it, but Grace wouldn't give up coaching him, cheering him on. She's our cheerleader. ;)

She tries hard to please, glows at the slightest praise. She's just genuinely a good person. The kind of kid you always secretly (or not-so-secretly) hope you'll be lucky enough to parent. Hard to believe we've been so blessed with her for seven years already! I don't know what we'd do without her - she really makes this family tick.

Just a few more photos of Grace ...

Obviously this one (below) is OLD but still super cute!

Love you Gracie!

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