So someone from church, who wishes to remain anonymous, got a new scooter for us to give our girl for her birthday.
It was so generous, kind, and unexpected, it made me cry. Finley's reaction to the scooter was, as you can see, not to cry. Girl freaked out with happiness.
Daddy took her for a little spin in the driveway. Early morning, jammies on, before breakfast. That's how we roll when it comes to birthdays. (Sap alert: This picture makes me heart skip a beat. And makes me want to marry him all over again. Sorry, but you were warned.) Later in the day she got to ride it for real. Helmet on, of course. She fell once, but did great and loved it.
Big brother has been saving his dolla dollas for a loong time to buy hisself a big set of Legos he's had his eye on. He is so. close. to being able to afford it. Then this week he took some of his own money and bought is sister a box of girl Legos, because that's something she wanted for her birthday. He was so excited to do it, he said, "Mom! It's just like when we talked about how giving to other people gives YOU joy in your heart! Well, I am so happy to buy a present for her I can't wait for her birthday to see how much she likes it!" In future sibling strife, I will hold on to the memory of this moment.
This girl. She keeps me on my toes. She can be level headed and philosophical one moment, and all drama and torrents of BIG FEELINGS the next moment. Beautiful, strong, kind. Funny! Oh so funny, in an intentional way. Artistic, mathematical, girly. In this pic we are gearing up to eat the cupcakes BEFORE dinner, because a sudden violent thunderstorm kept us from heading out to the restaurant for her birthday meal on time. So we sang happy birthday and ate cake, after which it was calm enough to head to our neighborhood Applebees.
Are you having a hard day with your kid(s)? Well, I wasn't (today), but I did something that I'll do our next hard day (tomorrow?) I went back and looked at old pics of them I'd put on facebook years ago. SERIOUS nostalgia. Try it!