Sunday, November 27, 2016

Celebrating Being Nine

Rachel turned 9 on the 23rd and managed to stretch out the celebrations for most of a week. Coupled with special events at school and Thanksgiving, it has been an extra exciting week!

Rachel has wanted to get her ears pierced for years. We finally decided that 9 is old enough to care for the responsibilities of earrings and ear care, so ear piercing became a birthday gift. Rachel and I drove into the city after school on Tuesday to get her ears pierced. She was both nervous and beside herself with excitement and handled the piercing without so much as a flinch. She is thrilled to now be able to wear earrings.
Wednesday was Rae's birthday and we celebrated at home with a few gifts.

 The present that has captured her attention is a cool illustrated handbook of Greek mythology. Rachel and I have been reading the Percy Jackson series, with is all about the heroes and monsters of Greek myth. She is completely fascinated and we have daily conversations about Poseidon, Hades, Persephone, cyclopes, furies, and dozens of other characters. This book fits perfectly into this latest passion.

Thursday was Thanksgiving, so Rachel's birthday parties had to wait until Friday. We celebrated with family at lunch time. Both sets of grandparents were there, as well as my sister and brother-in-law and even a surprise visit from Uncle Brian (his first birthday party ever at our house!).  I somehow failed to take pictures of anything but the present opening.

The boots were a special, oft repeated request. Granny took Rachel shopping for them several weeks ago, but she had to wait until her birthday to actually take them home. If it were up to Rachel, she would wear her boots every single day, no matter what!

Grandma and Grandpa gave Rachel legos and she spent the afternoon happily building and then rebuilding a pet shop.

Rachel invited a couple of friends over for a birthday sleepover. Only one girl could make it, but she and Rae were perfectly happy with their party of two. We went out for pizza and then Rachel and Jaely painted some crafts.

Katherine had made cupcakes for the girls to decorate and they had a grand time playing with frosting and sprinkles.

Both girls went to bed without complaint and were happy to play in the morning.

The birthday excitement is finally waning and the newness of  9 is becoming routine. Now Rachel is gearing up for the next big events: a school program, Christmas pageant, family holiday gatherings, Christmas, and of course, being able to change her earrings.

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