Monday, August 10, 2009

Babe's Big Day

My "baby" turned 5 years old on Sunday! I'm not sure how that happened. She was supposed to stay my baby for a long time!

This week, as I have been doing some school planning, it suddenly dawned on me that in the normal scheme of things, I would be preparing her to leave my home and enter school in the next few days. That was a very shocking thought! She is so sweet, so innocent, so full of life, so happy at home with her Mama and her brothers and sisters -- I really couldn't fathom the idea of putting her on a big yellow school bus and sending her off to school . . . I can't help but shudder at the thought. Fortunately, she gets to be my sweet little girl for a few more years, safely tucked under my wing. I know from experience how quickly little "chicks" outgrow that spot!

Ashlyn, who is Bethany's "special honey" came home for the weekend, to help her celebrate her birthday. Bethany had a list of activities planned for them to do together, including -- eat breakfast, go swimming, take a nap, go for a walk, go for a bike ride, run together, and just "hang out!" Ashlyn tried to do as many of these as possible.

Bethany requested "chicken bones" (drumsticks!) and macaroni and cheese for her special meal.

Here is the big pile of chicken leg quarters that Josh smoked on the grill. You should have smelled them cooking! He has really learned the secret to success, as the chicken was so Moist and Delicious and just about melted in our mouths! Soon the pile of leg quarters was reduced to a pile of bones!

After dinner was eaten and cleaned up, Bethany was presented with her big pile of gifts to open! (There are some advantages to being the baby of the family!) Matt took the job of picking out which present she would open next and handing it to her.

Matt was most excited about this gift -- because he picked it out for her, and if truth were to be told, I think he imagined playing with it himself! :)

Ashlyn bought Bethany a pile of clothes from a consignment sale, so she acquired quite a few new outfits.

Ashlyn also gave Bethany and Matt these cute little ice cream cups and spoons!

And here is her cake -- per her request, it said, "Happy Birthday Babe!"

You can tell how pleased she was when she blew out all the candles!

Happy Birthday Bethany!


Rebecca's Refining said...

She is such a sweetie! I am glad you had a great celebration together. I am sorry we can't be there anymore for birthday celebrations! At least we made it to a few along the way.
As your children get older and have jobs, move away, or maybe get married, these family times are even more special! You are fortunate to have had so many through the years!
Happy Birthday Bethany! Save me a piece of cake! That is the best part of birthday celebrations!! :)(Well, next to the gifts anyway!)
After looking at all that good food, I am now hungry!

Lainie said...

What a cutie! They do grow up WAY too fast!

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