Nine years ago from Monday a little light was born into our family.
Her name is Claire.
Claire Hazel to be exact.
And oh how we adore that girl of ours.Chipped hot-pink nail polish and all:)
She lucked out to have no school on the big day.
And to have some cousins come to our family birthday breakfast and participate in the “find-the-presents-scavenger-hunt.”
…AND because it’s a party year this year (she hasn’t had one for a couple years), she got to have thirty-two girls come help her celebrate (not all of them made the picture apparently). Whew, what a day that was!
Claire is the star of this post, but I have to put in a little side-note about Grace. She is the best party planner of the century I tell you. She helped Claire plan this party for weeks and had every minute planned out. She got the games all situated and printed out a week before. She was so organized.
She is so unlike her mother ;) And oh how grateful Claire and I are for that! She begged me to take her to Target and sought out the perfect gift for Claire (a new wallet):
She and her friend rode bikes to the grocery store and she got all the stuff she needed for this poster all on her own with her own money.
Elle commented to Grace on the birthday morning that she thought she was more excited than Claire and she jubilantly agreed.
What a sister.
After breakfast it was on to the party prep.
They did a get-to-know-you game first.
Then they played “Three-Deep.”
That’s where everyone gets a slip of paper and it “matches” with two other people’s papers but you don’t know who. So you have to yell to find your partners and when you find them you sit in order to show that you’re done.It makes for a lot of happy loud-ness.
(“Three Deep” is explained in detail back in this post).
Then the girls did “two truths and a lie.”
…and went to the park to play “capture the ice cream cone” (it was an ice-cream themed party).
…and “guess which famous person’s name is stuck to your forehead.”
Next it was on to the “piece de resistance” according to Grace and Claire: our ice cream cone birthday hats.
I’m telling you, this was not an easy project and took Grace, my niece and I all night to prep the night before, but for some reason I kind of enjoyed it. Maybe it was the anticipation of the next day, maybe it was that the girls were so excited, I don’t know, but it was pretty satisfying to make 34 of those puppies. (Grace and Claire got all the party ideas here.)
Claire opted for a Sundae bar instead of a cake.
…and this is how it looked as the girls trickled back home.
Nine things I love about this nine year old:
1) She sparkles when she smiles.
2) She cries when she feels the Spirit, and she tends to feel it often.
3) She is tough and doesn’t complain much when she gets her darn cold sores and other health issues.
4) She is the best tutor for Lucy any of us could ever imagine.
5) She’s the first to jump on Saturday jobs. She often makes them fun for Lucy too and turns them into a game where you have to jump to pick things up or you are secret spies and have to do your jobs with no one looking.
6) She’s an awesome dancer.
7) She is confident. She knows what she wants and goes for it.
8) She is not high-maintenance. She doesn’t ask for a lot and is so appreciative of what she gets.
9) She is genuinely interested in others and asks good questions.
Love you forever, Claire Bear.