Hello there! This lady's been doing nothing lately but trying to stay away from the law... and all stores upon closing time! Ha!
My baby girl turned 8 on Sunday! That just seems so crazy! I will never forget her birth. I thought I would never deliver her! When I finally did, I found out why. She had her hand on her mouth, and I had to deliver her head AND down to her elbow all at once. Joy! Lol She was all bruised and black around her mouth, I guess from her hand bruising it. She was so black/blue looking that while I'm still delivering her, my husband starts stuttering and asking the midwife, "Why isn't she... why is she... what's wrong?!" Talk about comforting while in the midst of still pushing and not even having seen her yet! The midwife assured him she was okay. She was making some little noises. She had to have an oxygen mask for a few minutes. All was well. I remember they called the room right before I took the below picture to say that she failed her hearing test in one ear and that her hand had a marker for Down Syndrome. I have a niece with DS. I remember hubby and I each giving her a kiss on the cheek and declaring to each other that we loved her no matter what! Turns out her hearing was fine and a lot of us in my family have that marker for DS. It's an old-fashioned method people used to use to say whether or not a person had Down's. Oddly, my niece that actually has DS doesn't even have it!
Now Little Miss is all into pretend play. Her favorite thing right now is pretending that she is a school teacher. Even though we homeschool, it has worked best for our family to use video streaming from A Beka Academy with real classroom kids and teachers. So even though my kids don't go to an actual school, they see what formal school settings are like. A Beka has some top notch teachers! You can even see video samples if you go to this site. I will say that their workload gets to be a bit ridiculous as they get older, so I pick and choose what is important for them to complete. I'm talking like finish one book report, turn it in, and begin another that same day. Those students had like 10 book reports in grade 5! We did three total. I have former public school teacher friends who have told me their kids don't do back-to-back book reports. I have homeschool mom friends who have told me you will go nuts if you actually try to accomplish everything A Beka sets before you. I try to find the middle ground.
So anyway, even when we don't have an actual party I always decorate and make a big deal of the day. I knew I wanted to do a teacher theme, so I started brainstorming. It turned out to be pretty cute! Nothing professional, but I don't claim to be one!
I decided to make a cake that looked like a ruler and go with primary colors as the theme colors. I grabbed some items from Dollar Tree to hang on the walls, and my older girls each colored a school bus to hang up.
For her gift, hubby and I got her a large tote and filled it with all kinds of teacher items from The Dollar Tree and Dollar General. She was elated and hasn't ceased to play with it all every spare moment since receiving it! A couple ladies at church brought her a gift last night with even more teacher items included. She had a great day!
Tuesday, we are taking her to Chuck E Cheese at her request. We needed to wait until Tuesday because we will be in the area that day for our son's neurology appointment. Hubby couldn't take two days off work, so he's working on Memorial Day and will have to take off for the appointments and final birthday celebration instead.