Sunday, September 9, 2012

Isabella is Seven!

Seven short years ago, the first thing I thought when my sweet Isabella was placed in my arms was, Oh my goodness. She looks just like me! For some reason, I wasn't expecting that. I'm so in love with my delightful girl who is so sensitive and spiritual and passionate and emotional and good to the core. I don't think there ever was such a girly girl in all the land, and I love her!

In most areas of my life, I am a last-minute kind of person, and while we had many adventures planned for her birthday, it wasn't until the night before the big day that I spontaneously decided to hang streamers from her bedroom doorway for when she woke up, as well as deck out the breakfast table extra fancy. There was no fancy meal, mind you, just a box of Trix, but she loved it. And I loved that she picked out Trix for her birthday cereal because Trix makes me nostalgic for my Dad and Grandpa Gordon. There's a long line of Trix-lovers in our family.

After breakfast, we got ready and took Liam and Juliette to Poulsbo where Grandma Rise kindly agreed to watch them while Isabella and I had a girls day together. She chose this instead of a birthday party this year, and I enjoyed it so much, it almost felt like my birthday! First we shopped at the mall and I let her pick out her birthday presents. One of her birthday presents was to get her ears pierced. She was so brave and hardly flinched, although she did say it hurt more than she expected it to. Here she is at Claire's right afterward.

Next we met up with this handsome guy at Red Robin for a birthday lunch.

What goofballs! Isabella ordered pizza even though that was on the menu for her birthday dinner later that night. I couldn't talk her out of it, and so pizza it was!

After Will went back to work, we went to Target and picked up some balloons and things to decorate with for her family birthday dinner that night, and then we went and got our nails done. She chose a teal "paint polish," and the lady who did her nails was so sweet and put "real jewels!" on her thumbs. She loved, loved that.

When we got back to Poulsbo, I fixed her hair fancy and took some pictures of her with a gorgeous bouquet that her friend gave her for her birthday. Such a sweet gesture! (Her friend had been given the bridal bouquet at a wedding she was recently in.)

After a few photos, we came in and decorated!

Before long, family arrived and we had a wonderful meal that Grandma Rise prepared and then opened presents. Juliette is so into birthdays right now and it was fun to watch her dive in on the action, too.

And of course, we sang! And there's only a bunch of blurry photos to prove it. I'm sad that we didn't get a better shot of the cupcakes. One of my young women taught me how to fill and frost them, and they were the prettiest and tastiest cupcakes I've ever had anything to do with.

And so thus it was-- we had a most wonderful and full day for a girl so special to us. Isabella, you are growing up to be so lovely, and I am so proud of you! I love you, sweetheart!


  1. She is perfect! I love her. Happy birthday, beautiful girl. :)

  2. Such a special birthday for a wonderful girl. I especially like all the ruffly white in the last picture. Happy Birthday Bella!

  3. She is such a sweet girl!

    I clearly haven't been on here for a while...birthdays, anniversaries, swim lessons, boat rides, etc. Looks like you guys have had a fun summer!

    (I'm glad you commented about the Kung Fu Panda kid...made me laugh!)

  4. such a beautiful little girl! happy 7th birthday to the most adorable little girl! Yes, she does look just like you!! And I love that she is such a girly girl :)

  5. So beautiful!

    Has anyone ever told Will he kinda looks like a cleaner cut Brandon Flowers? Not sure why that came to me!

  6. What a sweet girl! I'm glad she had a Happy Birthday. I want to talk Macy into a girls day for her birthday, too. Wish me luck!

  7. What a happy birthday for that cute girl!! Glad she had such a perfect one!

  8. What a happy birthday for that cute girl!! Glad she had such a perfect one!

  9. Stephanie, nobody has ever told Will that, but I do see it! :) He usually gets Matt Damon. :)

    Jill, my fingers are crossed for you! It was a nice reprieve from party planning.




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