It’s that time of year again when I realize I never updated my child’s birthday from LAST year since their next birthday is coming in less than a week!! Lucy turns 7 years old on Sunday! This is life for me now and I’ve come to peace with it. This blog is my scrapbook of our family so its better late than never! And no doubt will this post, and Heidi’s 2nd birthday post coming after this, be written in tears. Tears of grieving what we are missing this year. Family, sweet friends, and the only home our babies have ever known, Iowa.
Know that we are SO thankful for the many blessings that we are experiencing in Florida. There is nothing like the peace of knowing you are right where the Lord wants you, which we have daily. But as the temperatures are still raging in the 80’s and 90’s mid-September, you better believe we are missing a mid-west fall cool down, the gorgeous colors, and a cozy sweater. Fall is my favorite season, its just so romantic. So as I write, I’m reminded that even though the twinges of grief are there, I’m choosing to look to the One who gave these gifts, and cherish that they happened!
For Lucy’s 6th birthday we had a family party in Des Moines where we stayed with my parents, my sister, brother-in-law and kiddos, Joe, Ava, and Ryan. We were in the midst of trying to sell our house so it was a perfect place to meet for the weekend and have some family fun. We found a Groupon that seemed like a great deal for everyone at the Ramada Tropics Resort and Conference Center. It had a pirate themed swimming area that we knew the kids would love and we would love for them to burn some energy at. Lucy told us she wanted a Pop Star- Twinkle Toes birthday party. We found a perfect spot to set up shop, which we later found out was the employee break area, ooops- it was behind a couple arcade games with no signs, so we had no clue but we were asked to leave… Good thing the only thing left we had planned was dig into some delish Scratch cupcakes!! 🙂
Lucy loved her new Twinkle Toes shoes and had a great time jamming with her cousins!
Lucy shares her birthday with Auntie Laura every year. Lucy’s birthday is the 21st and Laura’s is the 22nd. My mom’s is the 8th so September makes for a fun-filled birthday month in our family. Those memories have such a special place in our hearts of celebrating together!!
Our favorite part of the weekend was finding a gem of a family outing. Center Grove Orchard had so many fall favorite activities! We all loved it so much!
Lucy’s actual birthday fell on a different day than our weekend with family. So we celebrated that day with yummy cinnamon buns in the morning and a simple chocolate cake I made at night. Her special present was a chair swing we that we hooked up in our back yard for 2 months before the snow came. It’s actually a chair so we use it inside now, maybe one day it will become a swing again. 🙂
We also made a special trip to Renee’s ceramics after school and let each of the kids pick out a little object to paint, which is one of Lucy’s favorite things to do!!
Grandma and Papa Butler always made special effort to come celebrate Lucy’s birthday too!
Lucy had a big year of changes as she turned 6. After only a few weeks when Kindergarten began our little 5 year old turned 6. 6 is way too close to 10, but we really enjoyed 6 year old Lucy this year. I missed having her home so much during the day but loved watching the incredible ways she grew all year. It has to be so hard being a first born, going off to a long school day knowing that your brother and sister get to stay home while you have to be hard at work. We are so proud of our sweet Lucy, our dreamer and girliest girl we know! How you changed our lives when we entered our family, you are a precious gift from above!!!
Here is Lucy’s 6 year old Interview:
Tell me 3 words that describe you: crazy, silly, loving
What is your favorite food? Mac and cheese
What do you hope you never have to eat again? bacon
What’s your favorite thing about school? Snack time
What makes you happiest? Mommy
What is your favorite toy? La La Loopsy’s
What is your favorite thing to watch on TV? La La loopsy
What is one new thing you’d like to try this year? Jump rope
What would you like to be when you grow up? A teacher
Where in the World would you like to go? A pirate ship to find tresure
What was the best thing about being 5? Dancing
What makes you excited about being 6? Not sucking my thumb
What are you scared of? Scary dreams
Whats your favorite sport? basketball
Whats is your favorite thing to do? Dance
What do you like most about our family? Draw with my family
What is your favorite bible verse? Luke 2:11