Oh how could it possibly have been 4 years. I remember so clearly sitting in the patio room at our old church building with our Life Group – people like the Hubers, Faulkners, Rogers, Poes, Webbs, Alemans, Rosses, etc. and praying and praying that Emma would come early so I could increase my chances of having her naturally. I remember us all talking about how confusing it all was when I was sitting there – still pregnant – at 9, 10, 11 days late. Such a little stinker she was to manage to make her debut between my birthday (the 19th) and James’ (the 25th) when she FINALLY made her appearance on the 23rd. And of course God had the last laugh, because he granted my heart’s desire to have her naturally and unmedicated. It was one of the best experiences of my life. (What can I say… I don’t do boring births, evidently.)
Now we have a little 13 year old in a 4 year old’s body. She may not be able to say her l’s and r’s yet, but she has such teenager comments and expressions as she says things like “whateva!” and “I appeeshate it!” (for appreciate). She has perfected the eye roll and the hand on the hip, but she’s also so loving and sweet. She loves me to the “moon and back” which doesn’t even begin to describe how much I love her.
Her actual birthday is tomorrow, but since James works all evening we celebrated her on Saturday. She said she wanted a painting party with a bounce house. We considered nixing the painting part and just having a party at a bounce house place like Pump It Up, but I found a painting party idea on pinterest that I could easily expound on far less expensively than Pump It Up. James volunteered to make the easels for each attendee, and painting aprons were an easy party favor. I picked up the child aprons from Hobby Lobby, but added my own touch with each girl’s name embroidered on them. Each girl put her hand prints on the apron when they arrived at the party.
We put the painting table in the middle of the yard and had each girl go to the table to get paint on their brushes. We hoped this would minimize kids carrying jars of paint around.
She wanted a cake that was painting themed with Aurora on it. A little odd, but I just decided to make Aurora the art, so it worked. Not my best work as time was limited, but Emma loved it so that’s what counts.
We borrowed this cute little bounce house from a coworker, and I’m SO grateful for it. The kids loved it, and I admit I’m a little tempted to purchase one. There’s a little button the girls can turn off and on themselves, and it blows up so quickly!
Some in progress samples:
The painting seemed to be a big hit. I wasn’t sure how long it would take or how interested they’d be, but it took 20-30 minutes, and they all seemed to have fun.
I think she had a great time, and her friends were so sweet to come and participate with her. Happy birthday, Emerson Claire. Please slow down your growing up!