Julia turned nine years old today - big fun!
So bowling's not her thing, okay? A Spiderman soccer ball from the Edwards was taken out of its packaging the minute we got home from church. It's being kicked around by the kids in the cul-de-sac as I type.
Dad's waffles for breakfast - ummm! Plus a sausage'n'biscuit for me, who cannot stand sweets in the morning. We went to late church so we'd have time to eat and clean up. Rachel - sans make-up - must, of course, hide her face like a felon.
Birthdays call for the red "You Are Special" plate (thanks again, Paula, for replacing the one we broke two years ago!) That's Rachel's oversized University of Houston sweatshirt Julia's wearing. She's taken to wearing one of Rachel's sweatshirts every night over her pajamas. Interestingly, having newly-adopted kids wear your clothes is a strategy for aiding attachment, according to the best adoption book I ever read, "Attaching in Adoption" by Deborah Gray. No, Rachel is not her parent, but Keith and I knew from the get-go that it was as important for Julia to attach to her sisters as it was to us because we were a unit when she came home. So I am not threatened by her wearing Rachel's sweatshirt instead of mine, or sitting in Rachel's or Lois' lap in church instead of mine. We all know I'm the maternal unit around here.
Tonight, she goes on her birthday date with her Daddy. She'll undoubtedly pick Chinese food (egg drop soup), and then to pick out her family gift (which I'm betting is a Star Wars sword.) Thursday, I'm reading a story to her class and taking donuts for an after-lunch treat. Then Friday, we're having her "High School Musical" birthday party with the neighbor kids.
My birthday was yesterday. Rachel asked me, "Mom, don't you feel you get shorted with one of your kids' birthdays the day after yours?" No! I love it. Gives us one more thing to share. Which is what families do, doncha know?
February 3, 2009 07:27 AM PST
HAAPY birthday, Juls. We're so glad you were born.
February 2, 2009 09:35 AM PST
Big Happy Birthday wishes to BOTH of you.
February 1, 2009 07:54 PM PST
um how about we don't take anymore pictures during a 7:45 "i just hopped out of the shower" breakfast, mkay? geez lady. Good thing that BEAUTIFUL board made up for my ugliness.
February 1, 2009 03:41 PM PST
i didn't realize that precious picture was taken on my birthday! no wonder i love that girl so much... even tho we haven't (yet!) met in person.
she is so beautiful... i just love that face.
and happy belated birthday to you!
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