It was Miss 7's turn to have a birthday this week, and she celebrated turning 8 with great enthusiasm.
Our family tradition is that the birthday girl or boy always gets to choose dinner on the night of their big day.
Last year, H. chose to have Peking Duck at our favourite little Chinese restaurant near school. (Though, that had to be for lunch, because I was still in hospital, and someone refused to bring her to see me. I managed to get a few hours' leave from hospital, and got permission from school to see my daughter and her brother on her birthday. Thankfully, the staff saw the benefit of spending lunch with the Mum they were missing desperately and were more than happy to let them come out at lunch time.)
This year, H. opted for Sizzler, much to her duck-loving brother's disgust. (And last year, C. chose Sizzler! You can't please them both at the same time...).
Anyway, this year I got to spend quality time with both my kids, and we were all a lot happier as a result.
The night before H's birthday, C. came up with a new family tradition: The 'Saying Goodbye' Night.
His idea was that we should also have a night to farewell the old year, kind of like New Year's Eve I guess. (Without the staying-up-until-midnight lark!)
So on the night before the big day, we enjoyed a candelit dinner (a birthday treat), and H. got to open one of her presents.
I was baking cupcakes for her class at school anyway, so with the oven on, I baked a few other family favourites, like chocolate-chip cornflake biscuits, which the kids devoured fresh from the oven for dessert.
The inaugural 'Saying Goodbye Night' was a huge success!
The next morning, she woke early to open her presents, before going to school to celebrate with patty cakes and ice-blocks.
After school, her Dad picked her up for presents with Nana, and then dropped her off so we could go to Sizzler with a favourite aunt and uncle.
Miss Now-8 declared it the Best Birthday Ever. And there's more to come, with her Dad throwing her an AMF bowling party tomorrow afternoon.
As with my post about Mr 10's birthday, I feel completely in adequate in describing how much I love the wonderfully wild/sweet/tomboy/girlie contradictions that make up my Missy Moo.
Instead, I'll share some of our favourite moments from the year Miss 8 was 7!
Happy birthday Harmonie. You're the best little girl in the world!
Feeding and fussing over her spoilt guinea pig, Star.
I'll have that one please ... as a pet though, not to eat! (She wishes! I've got to draw the line somewhere...)
In a rare pensive moment...
Cuddling our Kitteh Hannah
In the meantime, there's a little more celebrating to do!
Readers, how do you celebrate special birthdays?