Eight Years Old

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We had a just family celebration for Kiah on her birthday. The party with friends and family will be this weekend….at Chuck E. Cheese…per her request. She had so much fun with her friends there last year and told us that’s where she wanted back in October.

Charles came to stay for a few days for her birthday and the kids really enjoyed having him here.
She opened gifts first thing after waking up. A fashion designer set from me, a pop-up space book from Mamaw and Peepaw, a Mario baseball game from Uncle R with a doll that she’s not put down since she opened it.

Ms. 8yr old Kiah also requested a Brownie cake for her birthday. Since it started getting late Wednesday we decided to bake the brownies Thursday. We used this recipe. They were delicious! She’s not a big chocolate eater, but she loves brownies….and requested I top them with chocolate chips like her friends mommy does. I helped with measuring but the girls did all the mixing and pouring.
We have the pleasure of making another batch for her party Saturday.

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p.s. thank you doesn’t seem like enough to say for all the encouraging and supportive comments from my last post.
but I do thank you…that post was difficult to write and share. thank you…thank you…thank you.

The last days of Autumn

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The kids love playing in the leaves…it is fun. I remember jumping in the piles as a kid.
No sand, but my kids are creative, so they made dirt castles.

I know some have had Christmas music playing since November 1st…I can’t do it.

We’ve always made the transition to Christmas after Kiah’s birthday so that the two are separate.
I know that the calendar doesn’t read Winter until the middle of December. I’ve always considered the 1st of December to be the beginning of winter.

Our temperatures have been in the mid to upper 50’s and we don’t have snow yet….we’re really hoping for snow this year. It’s been two years since the girls have seen it and Samuel was too young to remember. He was watching a snow plow video on YouTube the other day and said mama, what’s that? So yes, we need snow! I grew up in Ohio…I’m used to seasons. If I had the money I would take the kids up to Northern Virginia. They get snow.

I was supposed to be talking about the last days of fall, but ended up going on and on about winter and Christmas.
At first I was thinking this month went by too fast….honestly I’m ready for the transition to Christmasy type things – just one more week to make that happen.
Goodbye Autumn and Hello Winter.

Enjoy your weekend!