Saturday, June 29, 2013

American Birthday Girl

Sophie turned lucky number seven, although we feel like to fortunate ones, just having her around.  You know what they say about small packages...  I tell you what -- this kid is a good thing!  

Art is this lady's passion, in a way I haven't seen before.  She can smell a colored pencil or oil pastel or watercolor a mile away, and is compelled to pick it up and put it to creative use.  She also loves science and nature.  

Here's a funny tidbit: she's a selective thrill-seeker.  She gets uncomfortably shy around new people, yet there's never any hesitation when it comes to thrill rides at amusement parks or watching movies with a spooky edge.

Kiddo is up for a good time, but she's also got an internal maturity about certain things.  For example (and I'm sorry this is a little graphic): she is an incredible barfer.  She has fantastic timing and aim, with no sort of afterdrama.  She just takes care of it.  Sometimes I don't know until the next morning that she's been sick.  With my own history, I consider this a little miracle from God that she was born this way.  And she's particularly watchful and sensitive to her sister, whether Millie is hurt or busted by Mom.  She's ready with a tender back-rub or hug.  She was also born with an unbelievable memory.  

We've been impressed recently with her thoughtful problem solving techniques.  Sometimes she'll plan ahead when she anticipates a sticky social situation by explaining to us what her game plan for a fair resolution might be.  A few days ago, she faced the awful situation many adults encounter -- she had to choose between two great things.  It was difficult to watch this kid wrestle internally, but we let her.  She made a choice, and explained her rationale.  It was awesome!

Favorite books:  anything she can read herself.  Favorite movies:  anything with Haley Mills.  Also the Pirates of the Carribean series.  She really wants a bunny for a pet.  

For her birthday un-party, Sophie asked if we could just have a few neighbor friends over with their American Girl dolls for a picnic.  Ummmm.... yeah!  We chose an all-American patriotic theme.  Same deal: short and sweet and simple.  And again, decor just fell out of the sky, by way of a collection of American Girl paraphernalia coupled with dollar store treasures and leftover wedding flowers (in adorably perfect vintage containers) in just the right colors that our friend offered up that very day!  Can you say "meant to be?!"   

Cute girls and their dolls enjoy a simple picnic on gingham blankets: grilled hot dogs, watermelon and Sophie's favorite sour cream & cheddar chips with vintage sodas.

Our retro wagon

Here's what is left of our activity.  We made vintage style patriotic crowns the girls could take home and wear for the 4th of July, with miniature versions to decorate for their dolls.  Within moments, the table was strewn with metallic ribbon, ric-rac, flag motif emblems, tulle and sparkly stars.  Instead of guiding the girls in any particular creative direction, we let them be personally inspired!

This was one of those last-minute-the-guests-are-coming-and-mommy's-reviewing-the-sewing-machine-owner's-manual deals, but oh boy, was Sophie proud to have matching outfits with her Caroline doll!

Did I mention this girl would take apple pie over fancy cupcakes any day?!  Here she goes again, making a wish on a crumble crust birthday pie!

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