Here she is folks. The new double digit daughter.
We celebrated Bella’s birthday this week as our early-onset, month-long Yule celebration rolls on. And perhaps taking some cues from her slightly younger sister, Bella decided she was interested in a multi-locational birthday celebration. So we started at home…
with Izabella handing out presents to Xi and Echo before she opened anything herself. These were some costumes she had outgrown and wanted to share, and the sisters were more than happy to accept. Bella was more excited about giving these to them, than she was about opening anything herself.
After the costumes, Bella opened some presents, and all three girls opened these matching silver necklaces, each inscribed with one of their names. They love to have matching items like this, and had a good time showing them off.
Bella’s first (out of home) location for the celebration was our favorite café, Butterfly Herbs, for an ice cream feast of epic proportions. We had four flavors — Yellow Cake, Candy Cane, Maple Walnut, and Bubble Gum — none of which seemed to go together but each was amazing on its own.
The next stop after the ice cream, was to head to the sugar burning activity of the day: the pool at the hotel where Nana was staying so Bella could fulfill birthday celebration desire #2 — swimming! We spent longer than I have ever been at a public pool letting the girls just play and enjoy themselves in the luke cool water. We ended up staying there so long, in fact, that we moved location/mission 3 to another day. We tried the next day, but didn’t make it in time. So tomorrow, for the final phase of the birthday celebration, we’ll go to the carousel for as many rides as we can stand.
At the end of the day, we all settled in and had Bella’s requested birthday dinner: a breakfast of egg (eggy toast for the girls, omelette for the big kids), hash browns and avocado. The girls then fell into bed and began snoring before their heads even hit the pillows.
And to finish it all off that day, we woke Bella and Xi up to see a portion of the lunar eclipse. Both of them were awed by the spectacle. Bella stood outside in pj’s, boots, and coat for awhile with Natalie and I watching the moon disappear into the shadow of the Earth. With her head craned up at the dwindling sliver of light, Bella said, “This was the best birthday celebration, ever.”
That’s good enough for me.