Oh, my Avery doll. She turned eight last week. Eight! I know I’m about to say the most cliche sentence in mommy blogger history but… I can’t believe how fast she is growing up! And the second: Why can’t she just stop getting so big? Phew, okay, now that I got that out of my system. Our tradition we started last year, so I am not sure if that has fit the strict requirements of when something can officially be called-tradition. But we don’t take that term around here lightly… we take each of our kids out by themselves on their birthday with mom & dad. It’s pretty much a blast and you can tell that they are loving it too. Since Avery has been sneaking in my office and sticking enamel dots, rhinestones and other small stickers to her ears for months we decided to surprise her and get her ears pierced on our birthday date. Collin filled out a few clues and riddles to open through out the night. It was funny though, the second we got in the car to head out she says, “I really want to get my ears pierced!” We looked at each other… “Maybe when you’re 12.” When we got to the mall she read the clue and was so excited! “Really! Thank you!” Only when we were steps away from Claire’s Boutique did she think that this might hurt. Which we said it will sting and pinch for a second. But she was so brave! Her eyes welled up for a second when they finished and showed her the mirror. Then we walked through the mall holding hands and picking out cupcake, unicorn and other cutsey earrings to wear in a couple months.
One of the other clues was to get new shoes “with bumps on them” i.e.: heels. I about died laughing when she called them that at Christmas time. Which she’s pretty much worn those bumps down to nothing. I know that’s so dorky but I love that about Avery. I strive to keep my girls innocent as long as I can. Like barbies and roller skates until they can drive. You might see her carrying around a clarinet case when she doesn’t even play and taped glasses. Nerdy is the new cool. A new movement I am hoping to catch on… join me. ; )
But here we are, my Avery girl traded in all those stuffed kitties and dog toys she carried around all these years for Barbies, earrings and pink glitter shoes with “bumps,” of course.)
For those of you who don’t know, I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am so proud of Avery for choosing to be baptized as a member of this great church. When someone turns eight they can choose for themselves to be baptized… my brother was a few years older and my mom found the church through missionaries then was baptized when she was eighteen. Saturday is Avery’s baptism date so we took her out to take photos & celebrate the occasion. This is the same temple where Collin and I got married and it was a bit surreal to be there with all our kids and thinking how crazy–where has the time gone? Looking around I was overwhelmed with gratitude for my family. Crap, I am getting all cliche on you again. But these people are everything to me! Thanks for letting me share. xo, Lizzy
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