|Ever wonder why she's so sweet?|
Unlike last year's mega-Harry Potter party, this year we had small celebration with just our family. Even so, it was special to reserve time together just for celebrating our Talia. On her Birthday-Eve, we all went out to dinner at Noodles, and then Jason took the big kids ice skating. I think Talia was a bit nervous because Brooklyn broke her arm while ice skating on her ninth birthday. Luckily everyone survived the evening in tact.
Such fun! She's a good little skater.
Talia's actual birthday fell on a Sunday this year, so we went to church, then came home to open presents and spend the rest of the afternoon playing games and doing crafts together.
First on Talia's wishlist this year was an art kit. Better be careful--Mom loves it enough to steal it for herself!
From a spirograph to beads, the presents were all perfect for our artsy gal. An avid reader, she also received the entire Percy Jackson series.
For dinner, Talia requested tacos, with pineapple, of course. And instead of cake, she asked her Daddy to bake one of his stellar apple pies. He was only too happy to oblige. We were all too busy tucking in to take a photo ahead of time, but here are the leftovers.
Talia, we hope you enjoyed your special day because you are one special gal. We are inspired by your determination as you give your very best in all that you do, whether in school, at church, in gymnastics, or with running. Even more, we are inspired by your kindness and thoughtfulness as you interact with your family and friends. Thanks for being such a bright light for us to follow. We love you!