Growing Up

11 years old is very grown up, did you know? Not only do you have a very tween party with your family, but you pick out your favorite outfit. You call it your “french girl” outfit and say “Oooh la la” when you wear it. You sit nicely for a posed picture with your brothers and even keep your shoes on.

You love all of the decorations and comment on everything. You notice it all. You’re still my girl though…you try to eat the star confetti off the table.

The cake! Oh, the cake. Aunt Hilary makes the prettiest, most decadent cakes. You adore it. You fawn over it. You try to eat the frosting.

You love it when we sing to you now. It used to make you cry. You laugh during the song and try so hard to blow out the candles. We maybe help a little.

I just can’t believe how grown up you are all of a sudden. You look so happy…and that makes me happy.

You sit by yourself, and with a little help from Gabe, you open all of your presents by yourself. You “ooh” and “ahhh” over all of them. You put on your new slippers, cover up with your new blanket and plop your new cowgirl hat right on your head.

You kiss your Oreos, walk around with your new purse and cell phone and say “YEE HAW!” when you put on your new hat. When you get socks, which you love, you say “Socks? Who got me socks?” and throw them on the floor. I’m guessing you saw that in a movie.

Your Matthew gave you a Superman costume so you can dress up together. You put it on right away, with slippers, your purse and your hat. You look divine.

And last, but not least, you take cupcakes to school to share with your friends and favorite teachers. They all wish you a happy birthday and you smile.

I am so thankful for another year of joy from you. You truly light up the world with your energy and your smile. I love watching you grow up.

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13 responses to “Growing Up

  1. So beautiful – your perspective and darling Olivia. It looks like an amazing celebration and she was clearly enjoying every minute of it!

  2. Happy Birthday Olivia! Your party looks so fun and I hope you enjoyed your fabulous French girl theme. Congratulations to you all!;)

  3. The cake and party decorations are great! Olivia knows how to rock a hat! She looks fabulous.

  4. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful party for your beautiful girl! Happy birthday, Olivia! May she carry all the joy of her special day into the year ahead. xo

  5. Eleven is going to be such and awesome year for this beautiful, grown up girl. I LOVE her “French outfit.” I love even more that she says, “Ooooh la la,” while wearing it.

  6. Oh, so much to say – first, Olivia is GORGEOUS! Those eyes! My dear, what a beauty. And second, I want her glasses and hat. The girl knows how to accessorize!
    The party looked spectacular. That cake is fabulous, and I might’ve drooled a little bit at those cupcakes. Maybe not. Either way, they’re all I can think about right now. :)

  7. oh happy birthday to olivia!! and if someone gave me a package of oreos for my birthday….i wouldn’t even bother to open anything else. unless someone wrapped up a cold glass of milk too ;)

  8. Love the pictures! Soooooo cute! She is beautiful in every picture!

  9. The close up picture of her in the glasses and hat??? LOVE IT!!! She looks just like her lovely mama! What a beautiful young lady she is growing into!

  10. Okay…..I really hope you are going to the conference in Denver!! Cooper is SO much like Olivia…..He sneaks into the pantry for Oreos and then tries to drink milk from the carton, if I don’t catch him quick enough. What a great post!!

  11. What a great cake! I hope your daughter enjoyed her birthday! There is such a sense of wonder watching them grow up, isn’t there? My blog post today takes you back to my daughter’s first day of kindergarten (she’s now 14) and how I struggle to let her go. http://lisagradessweinstein.blogspot.com/
    Take care, Lisa

  12. So amazing to share in this experience with your family even from a distance. Olivia is blessed to have you all and you all are blessed to have her in your lives. She is so beautiful and happy! It’s so comforting to see and fills me with so much hope for my little one. Wow…11….you must be so proud!

  13. Beautiful! The cake and cupcakes are absolutely adorable.

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