I'm still trying to get over the shock. It's always hard for me to watch my kids get older, but having my youngest get older is the worst. No more baby. No more toddler. No more Kindergartener. And pretty soon--no more little girl.
I hate it.
But, she didn't. She LOVED every minute of her birthday.
Seven is the year my girls get to get their ears pierced. Both Bria and Chloe ended up doing it on the day before their birthdays, so of course we had to do it that way, too. I was a little worried we might end up in the tattoo parlor since the Claire's in our mall closed down and we didn't have time to drive the two hours to Marquette, but--surprise!--WalMart does ear piercings. So we went there.
She was braver than Bria was when she got her ears pierced (not difficult to do). But not quite as brave as Chloe was when she did. Sophia started out very excited, but when the first earring went in, she cried a lot and wasn't very sure about doing the other ear. I thought we might walk out of there with only one ear done, but she gathered up her courage and finally let the woman pierce her other ear. She was very pleased with the result, even if she still looks a little dubious about it!
On the day of her birthday, she requested breakfast in bed. She also specifically requested the menu: Gluten-free waffles (Sophia has been recently diagnosed with Celiac/gluten intolerance and wow I haven't even blogged about that!), a green smoothie, yogurt with homemade gluten-free granola, and ice cream!
Sophia has been gypped on her birthday most years. Having it in July, when we are often money-strapped and/or heading on vacation and/or moving across the country, means she hasn't had many cool parties. Just one, in fact.
So, this year, we planned a super awesome birthday party at the local hotel swimming pool. This is something that's fairly commonly done in our area--most hotels allow you to pay a fee and have a party there. But to make it even more super awesome, we actually booked a suite and had her party in the hotel room. After all of the guests left, our family stayed the night there which she was SO VERY EXCITED about. Super awesome!
She wanted to have a Monster's University themed party. So I whipped up some invitations on the computer.
When she asked for a Sully cake, I wasn't quite sure how I would accomplish such a thing as I am NO cake decorator. But then I had the brilliant idea to just do Sully fur. Thank goodness for the weird neon food coloring Joel accidentally bought at Christmas time and for a friend who IS a cake decorator for lending me her grass tip. I am pleased with the result.
Sophia also wanted to have (gluten-free) Mike Wazowski cupcakes. The idea of having it be just his eye was entirely hers.
Again, thank goodness for the neon food coloring! And blue M&Ms. And remember that I'm not any better at decorating cupcakes than I am actual cakes.
We hoped that maybe Monster's University was available to watch on PayPerView at the hotel, but it was still too new. Bummer.
All of her friends came to the hotel and we swam for a while, and then went up to the room for the rest of the party. Sophia had so much fun, and I think she felt super special this year. Which is important, because she IS super special.
Happy Birthday Sophia! I still can't believe you're SEVEN years old, but you are such a wonderful girl and I have loved every minute of the seven years and two weeks that I have had you in my life.
Just don't turn eight, okay?