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Monday, February 27, 2012

My Baby Turned Eight...

Over the weekend we celebrated our Bean's 8th birthday. It is hard for me to believe that my youngest is now 8 years old. Where did all of that time go?!

Bean is a girl that is full of imagination. She loves bright colors, butterflies and crafting her little heart out. I wanted to capture all of that in her birthday celebration.

I decorated with ribbons, flowers, butterflies and brightly colored candies. The birthday girl and her friends made ribbon hair elastics, tye dye butterflies from coffee filters and pipe cleaners and scratch and design butterfly ornaments.


Bean was in her element and I never saw the smile disappear from her face the entire two hours of the party. It warmed my heart to see that with each gift she opened she took her time to read the card first and then made several comments about the gift before moving on to the next. It warmed my heart even more to see that each gift was so thoughtful and represented all of the things my little girl loves. When I asked the girls if Bean had given them any ideas of what she wanted for her birthday they all told me no and that they just knew her very well.


My favorite part of the party was before we sang Happy Birthday to Bean. I asked each of the girls to share something they liked about Bean or liked doing with Bean. I wanted my girl to know how she makes her friends feel and what they like about her. Her face lit up and she giggled with some of the words they used to describe her and my eyes well up now as I think about them.


When I asked Bean what her favorite thing was from her party, she told me that it was hearing what everyone had to say about her and that her very favorite was what her big sister, Ash, had said about her in front of everyone. (It was pretty amazing. I wish I would've recorded it.)

My Bean is an amazing girl. Yes, she received some awesome presents but she knows what is truly special about birthdays...that they are all about love and friendship.


I count my lucky stars every day that I get to be the one she calls Mommy.

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20 Comments:

At February 27, 2012 at 3:51 PM , Blogger Jax said...

I love all your decorations! Very fun and tasteful unlike the normal cheesy and overdone children's parties. Your daughter is adorable. I hope she really enjoyed her birthday :)

 
At February 27, 2012 at 4:01 PM , Blogger Gia said...

Happy Birthday to your baby! What pretty party pics.

 
At February 27, 2012 at 4:06 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

What a fun birthday- and a great idea having the girls say something nice about her.

 
At February 27, 2012 at 4:36 PM , Blogger Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

This was such a precious post, and I love how you did the party. She'll remember those wonderful things everyone said forever!

 
At February 27, 2012 at 6:44 PM , Blogger Maren said...

What wonderful decorations!! The best daughter got the best mom, right? :) You are such a beautiful person!!

 
At February 27, 2012 at 7:11 PM , Blogger Cherie said...

What a fun and colorful party! You are such a wonderful mother to make your little sweet bean feel so special! Girls just really need that - I bet everyday she is grateful she gets to call you "Mom"!!

Happy Birthday :-D

 
At February 27, 2012 at 7:14 PM , Blogger Jen Has A Pen said...

This makes me so proud of her- almost like I know her. What a sweet, mature, gracious little lady! She has such a sweet group of friends, ones I hope she is close to her whole life. You've done a good job on this one, mom. Be proud. :-)

 
At February 27, 2012 at 8:30 PM , Anonymous OneMommy said...

Have to say I have tears in my eyes just thinking about my babies turning 8 one day.
Sounds like she had a wonderful day - love how you asked each girl to share something about Bean. What a gift!

 
At February 27, 2012 at 8:30 PM , Anonymous OneMommy said...

Have to say I have tears in my eyes just thinking about my babies turning 8 one day.
Sounds like she had a wonderful day - love how you asked each girl to share something about Bean. What a gift!

 
At February 27, 2012 at 8:30 PM , Anonymous OneMommy said...

Have to say I have tears in my eyes just thinking about my babies turning 8 one day.
Sounds like she had a wonderful day - love how you asked each girl to share something about Bean. What a gift!

 
At February 27, 2012 at 8:36 PM , Anonymous Jeannine said...

You did a fab job w/decorations! Love the photos, esp w/all the girls together in a circle. She sounds like a thoughtful little girl. Lucky to have a wonderful Mama!

PS--I really do want to get together so we can have a reunion and so I can meet your girls too!

 
At February 28, 2012 at 1:16 AM , Blogger Recovering Supermom said...

What a great idea to have the kids share how they feel or what they like to do with your daughter. That's something she'll remember for a long time, I'm sure.

 
At February 28, 2012 at 7:03 AM , Blogger Leigh Powell Hines (Hines-Sight Blog) said...

You did a great job at decorating. What a special day. And look...straight hair for you. Hope you are well. Thanks for your comment. Wasn't that bathroom divine?

 
At February 28, 2012 at 8:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are so right,our baby Bean is growing up! I will miss our little Bean,but I sure love our growing Bean! She is the
Kind of girl a gram mom can be proud of,thanks to you and
Christopher. She brings sun shine wherever she goes. I
Must say she's a crafty girl, just check out our house,so the
Party was perfect! Bean fills our life with love and happiness. Great job mom!!!!!

 
At February 28, 2012 at 8:49 AM , Anonymous Galit Breen said...

Happy birthday to your sweet girl!

(Oh my, 8! How did they turn 8?!)

The party sounds wonderful and thoughtful and truly memorable!

Well done, Mama!

 
At February 28, 2012 at 8:56 AM , Blogger Jenn and Casey said...

Looks AWESOME! Happy birthday to your baby!

 
At February 28, 2012 at 9:17 AM , Blogger Robbie K said...

Love the decorations and what a great idea to have everyone share something they like about or like to do with Bean. She is a lucky girl and you are a lucky mom!

 
At February 28, 2012 at 10:10 AM , Blogger Dumb Mom said...

All grown up! Well, not ALL, but I'm sure it feels that way! My oldest turned 10 a few months ago. My mind is blown. Fun idea with the telling what they like about her. I had the kids at my son's 6th bday draw a picture of him. And it was super fun and we still have them b/c it was soo cool to see how they all saw him!

 
At February 28, 2012 at 2:24 PM , Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the idea of sharing why someone is important! What a great idea!

 
At February 29, 2012 at 10:42 PM , Blogger Heather said...

Love this party! You did such a great job with it.

Girls can be so sweet. I could barely get the 10 ten year old boys to all sit at the same time.

SIGH

Boys and girls are so different!

 

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