Happy Birthday Zoey (like 3 months ago :)) -- Zoey was woken up bright and early with the family singing "Happy Birthday" to her as we carried a breakfast tray to her bed! She was thrilled!
One of my favorite things about birthdays here is watching all the siblings compassion and excitement come out for that particular family member throughout the day. I love seeing my children cherish and serve one another and on birthdays the love seems to be plentiful! I hope that never changes.
This was the first birthday ever that Zoey had a birthday on a school day. I was eager to hear about the experience. I sent her to school with some treats for her to share with the classroom. After school, as we were driving home, she told me it was not only her best birthday ever but, also the best day of school that she had ever had in her entire life!!! I was so happy to hear that she had such a perfect day. She also said the treats she brought to share with the class was the highlight of the day. Victory!
The evening was spent at dance but, ended with a late night meal at Red Robin (a crowd favorite here!). She wanted to save her gifts for the next day, as we had a big birthday party planned for her.
To kick off the party Dave lead the girls in a classic pinata game. They loved every minute!
The birthday girl taking a hit!
Kinley giving it a wack.
Alexa trying hard to get the treasures out.
Zoey helped me plan much of the party (she chose the pinata and prepared the bracelet craft for us). I love that she decided to wear a crown that day instead of a bow -- such a Zoey thing to do! Her cupcakes were delicious, despite the Arizona heat doing its best to try and melt all the frosting and chocolate before we could eat them!
Here she is with all her fellow ward friends!
I adore this picture above! When it was time to open presents I noticed Zoey save a specific spot on both side of her for her sisters. It made my mama heart smile and her sisters were ecstatic about this choice as well!
This was the big gift of the year, and has been an obsession ever since! Zoey got an american girl doll (Isabel) for her birthday. I tried hard to talk her out of it, as I feel it is a lot to spend on a doll. However, she has loved this doll and has valued it and played with it (brushed and styled her hair) so much more than I ever expected.
Zoey is maturing quickly but, still holding on to those last few years of childhood. I see things changing, as she no longer enjoys barbies and playing make believe in the same way her younger siblings do. I can see her years are limited with trick or treating and Halloween costumes. It is bitter sweet to see my oldest baby growing up. I love the beautiful young lady she is growing into and have really enjoyed being able to to "grown up" things with her in the recent months but, this means a new stage of life is coming to our home... and I don't know that I am ready to give up the baby phase just yet!
Zoey is a sweet kid that was born with the desire to do good! I am proud to be her mother! She brings a joy to my life that I never had experienced before having her. So far she is such an easy kid to raise and makes my job as a mother look extremely easy! She is one of my greatest blessings in this life!