So the day finally came last Saturday when this girl of ours turned TEN:
She has written numerous "books" leading up to the big occasion and has sent a whole slew of funny text messages to make sure people were aware.
Oh, and there have been follow-up texts as well...
The day started off with the traditional candy bar poster:
It made me cry when I read it, and it made Lucy's face go like this:
One of her favorite gifts was her very own pineapple.
But I think the gifts from her two sets of grandparents took the cake. My parents sent her a dog.
Every girl needs a good little dog partner to watch the first part of conference with right?
Can you tell she's pretty darn excited about that?
So we went to the American Girl Doll store where she plunked down all that money she earned plus her birthday money and we got another new member of the family:
We all packed up that afternoon to head out to camp (more about the why's of that in the last post, but camping is her birthday tradition and she was determined we were going to do it right this year).
The first plan was to bring the birthday cake with us, but on second thought we decided we better eat it before we walked out the door. Note how Claire is already ready with her camping backpack...
We took forever to leave, but finally arrived at a camp site just in the nick of time to nestle in between some other campers (boo! wish we could have found something a little more remote) and pop up our tents before the light faded.
Grace and Claire played a ukulele number:
And the birthday girl herself told a story.
...and snuggled that tired birthday girl in to bed.
Not sure she will chose to camp again next year, it was a little dark for her. She couldn't see how to get around the fire (which was kind of scary for her) and couldn't tell what was what as we ate and talked around the fire which pierced my heart pretty deep. Dave's too.
But we get up and move on right? Maybe we can figure out a different kind of "light" camping next year.
Luckily my brother was there to distract me from being sad about that and we went out to shoot the stars.
You have to leave your shutter on a really long setting (we did 15-20 seconds) and we were so excited out there just capturing all that beauty of the night sky.
And I love that you can see the outline of my brother in this one:
We slept without the fly on top and got to see those gorgeous stars.
Here's the view in the morning:
Lu was the last one awake, which is so weird for her.
We packed up and listened to the morning session of General Conference on the way home...
conference cinnamon rolls.
It was a great weekend.
How I adore this girl we got to celebrate...and that inspiration we got to hear from our church leaders in the midst of all the hoopla.
Ten things I love about that birthday girl of ours:
1) She is an artist. Not only on paper but in word. The other night when she was saying her prayers she said, "thank you we could hear that spiritual voice in our hearts" (the night after our friend talked to them all about Jerusalem). Her mind just works in such a beautiful way.
2) Speaking of that, she says the best prayers. She is so conscientious about what she thanks God for.
3) She is quick to apologize if she does something she knows isn't quite right.
4) She is feisty as can be. And while that drives us all nutty at times, it's going to get her places in life.
5) She is an organizer. She makes sure everything is put away just-so when she goes to bed at night or leaves for school in the morning and I adore it. She is super particular how she does things, like how she lines up her pillows in the morning and how she does her homework.
6) She has the most beautiful handwriting.
7) She's not afraid. Not afraid of the dark that is starting to loom more heavily in her life. Not afraid to try new things. Not afraid to talk to new people.
8) She sees the bright side of things. She was telling me the other day that she still likes to ride the bus even though no one sits by her any more. She assured me she's ok with that. Makes me tear up even to write that, but I love that she has that she's ok with hard things (sometimes it takes some time, but she's a strong girl).
9) She is the best table-setter in the history of the planet.
10) She gives the best hugs known to man and they make everything in the world seem right.
Love you forever LuLu!