We’ve had a full time of it! A birthday party last weekend, a weekend of special activities, a neighbor-friend in town last week, friends visiting from out of the country – both kids looked like they could use a nap today (not that they’re prone to taking them, and not that they did).

Just like that, it seems, Girl is eight. She was a newborn just yesterday, and here she is, over four feet tall, playing softball and piano, choosing to read and go fishing, doing crafts and running around with her brother, loving animals and avoiding picking up her dirty clothes. (Boy, did she grow fast!)

Brother and Sister Fishing

Fishing, April 2018

She reads to her brother, too; he LOVES the Binky books (by Ashley Spires – you know, the ones in which the cat eats bugs and gets space gas? No? You don’t know those books? You’re missing out!).

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She has strong feelings – that’s not new – and now writes me notes if she’s feeling upset as a calmer way to express herself. Often, how she’s feeling is “engaged in this book – please don’t disturb me!” As you see below, this is Girl, in her natural habitat (reading another Warriors book by the group known as Erin Hunter).

Reading: Her Natural Habitat

She’s a joke teller, but she’s serious, too.

Birthday Girl 2018

And after all, she is just eight – old compared to her brother, breathtakingly young compared to her parents. And plenty silly, too.

Birthday Princess 2018

Hmmm. There should be some universal truth, some truly touching yet insightful commentary on life here. I’m just going to go with this: it’s good to celebrate those you love, and it’s good to eat cake while doing that. (We went with her choice, s’mores ice cream cake.) Wishing you, sweet Girl (and you, dear readers!), many more happy years to come.