We celebrated six years with our sweet Ruby a few weeks ago and never before have I felt like she's actually looked and acted so much older than this time. Suddenly those legs are so long, her bangs have finally grown out, her baby teeth are coming out two at-a-time, and I see flashes of her teen years with certain head-tilts and sassy looks. I love watching her grow into herself with each new year.
We decorated our dining room a little for our family party on her actual birthday and she helped me make her cake. She's all about decorations and treats so it was extra thrilling for her to help with her own party prep. Stacie Bloomfield of Gingiber sent over some of her beautifully illustrated wrapping papers the week before her birthday and they were perfect for her animal and nature-loving gifts. We also pulled out some white butcher paper from IKEA and she crawled up on the dining room table to design her own wrapping paper for the rest of her gifts.
We celebrated the next afternoon with friends at a bounce house. It was the kind of generic party I never thought I'd throw my daughter but the complete joy on all of those little faces over pizza and cupcakes and fruit punch was worth it. The party room came with a host and hostess and getting to enjoy our company and finish conversations was my second favorite part.
I remember celebrating her fifth birthday like it was last month. We'd only just moved into this house after a major cross-country move and career change and were still up to our eyeballs in boxes. I'm so thankful for these kids that go with the flow and have helped us establish so many special layers of memories this year.
Ruby, you're my special middle child with all of the sunshine and silly-ness we so often need in our day-to-day lives. Thank you for being ours and for playing such an important role in life already. You're my best girl.