Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Fabulous Birthday Was Had by All

While Stand Firm struggled with server trouble, we spent the day partying. Elphine, Alouiscious, and Romulous went to the pool early so as to be out of the way, while I and my mother took Gladys and went gathering and hunting for birthday presents, icing, whipping cream and a tub of ice cream. Elphine is So Old (7) that we didn't even consider a toy store for this expedition. We went to a book store and gathered up a lot of beautiful and loved books that she is finally old enough to read as well as pretty cards and note paper, fancy pens, swirly stamps and a very soft white baby owl (family inside joke--so great that she's old enough for that as well).

As the day went forward, I discovered something. Four babies in, I relish the mundane physical tasks of caring for small children. Changing them, dressing them, brushing hair, putting birthday cake on the table, sudden baths for bubble covered infants, evening bible story...I feel settled, suddenly. IMAGINE if I had stopped with beautifully perfect Elphine, one of the most perfect babies ever there was.

Now she is basically graceful, except when she crashes into the furniture, interested in interesting things
and still very beautiful.

Believe it or not, she arranged herself in this way and then called out for someone to find a camera and take a picture of her.
Late in the day, while we all sat around and watched the sippy cups washing in the dishwasher, many of us crying, Alouiscious discovered that there are still 274 days until his birthday. "That's TOO MANY" he wailed. Yes, it is, but they'll go so quickly I probably won't be ready when it arrives.

7 comments:

AmmaKate said...

She is truly beautiful!! Congratulations and Blessings,
kate+

Mimi, Shawn said...

For those of us who know her, she is beautiful inside too. I love the picture of her in her birthday dress.
I told cousin Jackson it was her7th birthday and he said "We'll always be the oldest won't we no matter what!" I agreed and remembered those two very special days when Boppy and I first met them and held them in our arms...so precious!
Happy Birthday sweet E.
Love, Mimi

Episcopaliann said...

~Remembering our lovely visit with you when E. was just home from the hospital. She is growing up with such grace and beauty. Please wish her a Very Merry Birthday from Jason and me. ~Ann+

R said...

Happy Birthday E! Good choice, books make wonderful prezzies. :)

~R

Megan said...

Happy Birthday E!
I love you and wish I could be with you!
Love,
Aunt Megan

Sarah Boyle Webber said...

What a beautiful, darling daughter. Best wishes to her and you.

TeacherMommy said...

If you aren't careful, she'll end up as a model. She obviously has a natural bent...

Beautiful. Happy Birthday!