Monday, January 24, 2011

My Little Girl Is 7!

Today is my daughter's 7th birthday! I cannot believe how fast she's growing up. It just seems like yesterday she was a screaming, tantrumming toddler. Now she's a screaming, tantrumming 7 year old! Just kidding, she's really growing up to be quite a smart, lovely girl. I'm beyond proud when I think about all that she's accomplished in her short (although increasingly getting longer) life.

We had her party at a bowling alley on Sunday. Fifteen girls showed up out of the 18 invited! They had a blast bowling, although my husband and I had to try and keep them from getting hurt. The girls would fight over who could grab the bowling ball first from the ball return, which led to some dropped balls. We were paranoid that someone was going to break a finger or toe. Luckily, there were no broken bones.

My daughter does pretty well at parties. She was a bit overwhelmed and was not at her social best, but she did take our prompts very well and was good about making rounds and thanking her friends for coming once we told her to. This was better than the beginning of the party, when she would just snatch the gifts from her friends and put them down in her pile without saying so much as, "Hello!" Sigh. At the end of the party, she was even good about going up to the parents and thanking them for coming. This got one mom kinda choked up!

Overall, the party was a huge success. All the guests and the birthday girl had a great time. My husband and I were exhausted afterward though! This was the first birthday party we had where we didn't have a person running the show, so we were the ones expected to keep an eye on things.

My daughter opened up a few of her gifts when we arrived home. We have a weird tradition where we stretch out her opening her party gifts over a week or so. This way, she appreciates each gift and doesn't get overwhelmed by all her new toys. The first gift she opened was a really adorable lavender unicorn pillow pet. We had bought her one that was a cat that she was going to get later today. The first thing she said when she saw the unicorn was, "Wow! This is so much better than the cat I wanted!" Ahem. I guess that's one gift of ours we can return!

21 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to you daughter! I'm glad the party went well.

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  2. Happy Birthday to her, hope she has a lovely special day :) Jen

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  3. Happy birthday!

    You said "dropped balls." He he.

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  4. Happy birthday!!! Katie got the same pillow pet for her bday...ha. I am glad it went well. Katie is having her belated party Feb 5th and I am already sweating it!

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  5. Happy Birthday to (your daughter's name which cannot be uttered)!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Happy Birthday!!! It's nice to hear the party went well and that you make her birthday last a week...that's a great idea.

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  7. Yay! Happy Birthday!

    What a great idea to stretch out the gifts. So much better than opening them all and not appreciating them as much.

    And You give me hope. Hope that my guy will have friends, and lots of them like your daughter, at his parties.

    Wow, do you realize your little girl and Dani G's Little Bird have the same birthday? That means you were in labor 1 year apart! Wild!!!

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  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BOTH OF YOU!!!

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  9. Happy birthday to your sweet girl and happy anniversary of becoming moms to US!

    Oh, and I totally caught the "dropped balls" too :)

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  10. Happy birthday!! Sounds like the party went really, really well. I can't imagine wrangling 15 seven year-olds at a bowling alley. Then again, we did have 25 for laser quest. But they were a little more contained!

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  11. Happy Birthday to your daughter!! Sounds like a wonderful day for her:)

    Bowling alley parties are fun!! So glad the girls all had a great time:)

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  12. Happy Happy Joy Joy! What a great story of a kid who's changing so quickly I can barely keep up with her progress.

    Happy Birthday, little one.

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  13. Happy Birthday to your daughter!

    We just always have family parties. It's just easier that way.

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  14. Happy birthday to your sweet daughter! Despite your exhaustion (who wouldn't be with 15 girls at a bowling ally), it sounds like you all had a wonderful time!

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  15. Happy Birthday to your daughter... they do grow up way too fast don't they!

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  16. hysterical about the pilow pet.

    I tried to post yesterday but it wouldn't let me for some reason. Anyway, Happy birthday! I am glad she had a great time. My son is going to a bowling party for a classmate this weekend. I think they are the best kind of parties. My dd had a few of those too in previous years. I like your tradition on the presents. I wanted to do that too but I always feel awkward about saying to the gift givers, can we open them later? I think opening them in a party place is too much excitement for the kids. but it feels rude not to open it in front of the giver if you kwim? maybe I will do it next time though.

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