My sweet birthday girl.
We celebrated Rhianwen's 7th birthday on the tail end of an emotional week for us all and in the midst of a really huge project for Wally at work. It took our family to pull it all off. As a result, we all felt loved and supported, and Rhianwen felt wonderfully celebrated.
Corwin is very excited about his gift to Rhi too (another Barbie doll).
Playing with her Barbies. She loves them, of course. SIGH.
Yummy chocolate cupcakes. She had her "real" birthday cake at her party.
I really tried to keep her party simple this year. In the past, I've felt like there was no time for free play, which I believe is the most important thing (other than the person and maybe the cake) at a party. So I tried to really trim down the activities even though she really wanted lots of games. By the time the party had come and she was playing, she did not want the games! I'm glad I made the right choice.
Getting back to the party, the girls made a birthday hat for their dolls from scrapbook paper.
Aren't they cute?!
I love Hannah's expression here. She borrowed Rhi's pig, Wilbur, for the party.
Corwin having a ball with Aunt Clara and Mary Ruth.
Rhi's best-loved doll. I am so glad she did not get trumped by the Barbies!
Happy birthday dear sweet girl.
Things I love about Rhianwen's age this year: her missing teeth just make her so adorable, she loves making up her own jokes, she can laugh at herself now, she enjoys drying the dishes and says it gives her lots of good ideas for stories about poor people who have to work all of the time (and, no, she really isn't complaining), I am seeing more and more how her personality is a lot like Nanny Kim's but of course she is wonderfully unique, her confidence in her artistic abilities and her ability to be ok with imperfection in her projects, her enjoyment of reading, her inquisitive conversational nature. Each year I hate to see that she is growing up, and I don't want her to change one bit. But each year I am so glad that she is growing and changing and that I am blessed to be a part of it.