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