Thursday, November 12, 2009

Post Bday Post

Yeah, it's the post birthday picture report.
Because this birthday yesterday was kind of extra special...I'm can't help it. I gotta post some pics. You know I have to! If only for the far flung family types......

And I have to say that this day was kind of loaded, on different levels. We weren't sure if it was going to be a boffo day or a bust. And so we made sure to have it follow, as precisely as possible, the standard traditions of our family bdays. Marta has seen several now and so it was important to have it play out the same way, but with it being her turn. And so it did.

There was a lot of "Oh my goodness!" and many bounces up from the chair to hug and kiss, or a "come here" demand for a hug and kiss. Every single card and present got oohed and aahed over. Every card needed a kiss/hug. We had to say "Open it!" because Marta would just stare at the shiny wrapping with a grin...relishing even that. Every gift had a minimum of three springs out of her chair to hug/kiss.

There was much giggling, the usual small boy grabbing and tugging, the usual chaos and noise and mess. There was her favorite penne with a simple but super tomato/pancetta sauce, salad and strawberry pink ice cream cake, candles, singing and clapping.

A big, very good, momentarily overwhelming here and there, terrific sparkly day. And I'm just so glad.

Even the big kids were grinning real grins, it was just a happy thing to see.

And that makes me ridiculously happy, for her, for us, for the family.
A little tired maybe, but very happy.
And she is still floating and giggling.
And listening to Michael Jackson cd's.
A first and thirteenth birthday can be a very good thing indeed.


Kristy -Mom To 6 Blessings said...

Oh, how BEAUTIFUL! I have tears flowing just reading this precious post! Oh, to celebrate a first birthday, with pink everything and shiny paper. THE BEST! You rock Coffeemom! :-)
Love & Blessings,

Jennifer said...

You can see just how special and treasured she felt....what a wonderful day for her!

The Albertsons said...

soooooooo great!!!!

Nadja Magdalena said...

What a wonderful celebration! The photos made me grin ear-to-ear myself!

Wolfemom said...

What a great bday for Marta! You're the best mom ever!!

Jen said...

Wow. So beautiful! I don't think that turning thirteen could be any more perfect. You made the day simply perfect. i agree with Kristi-you do rock.

Tania @ Larger Family Life said...

Look at the joy on her face! Beautiful!

Meredith said...

These pictures bring so many happy tears to my eyes. It was such a gift for us to meet Marta in Ethiopia. Please give her post birthday hugs from the Smith Family!