Today is The Girl's 9th birthday!! Happy birthday, my pumpkin pie! Actually, I should call her my little apple. Auntie Serena took this photo on our camping trip at Keen Lake for the 4th of July. The Girl won first place in the applesauce eating contest (she ate 2.5 cups of applesauce and would have kept going if all the other kids didn't quit!), and as you can see, she was thrilled...and messy. :)
I can't believe my little girl is growing up. She'll be in 4th grade in the fall, and she's getting taller and taller by the day. I really enjoy sharing my love of books with her, watching her reading tastes evolve, and sharing this blog with her from time to time. She drives me crazy sometimes* but she's really a wonderful little girl, and I can't complain.
We're currently on vacation, another camping trip, this time closer to home. The Girl loves that her birthday is during the summer, so we can go on mini vacations as a present. This one was a complete surprise to her, so I'll give you all the details when we return.
*One of my favorite memories is saying to The Girl in a half-kidding, half-frustrating tone when she was about five, "You love to drive me up the wall, don't you?" And The Girl responded, with a smug smile on her face, "Yes, and soon you'll be on the ceiling." She's a wise one, eh?