Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Apparently I've been a mom for 7 years.

That's what the calendar says. That's what her number of birthdays say. But it's not true. It was only a few days ago that she was like this.

I stared as long as I could but I had to blink.

And blink.

And blink.




And look where we've ended up. Seven years she's been on this earth.

So a celebration was in order.


(That one was obviously from her sister.)

A birthday sundae.

A birthday skirt.

And the best part of the celebration - the part I thought might not live up to expectations, but surpassed them - lighting Sky Lanterns. If you've seen Tangled, you know the possibility for this to be a romantic, beautiful experience. It was.

The lantern company sent an extra lantern - in pink, no less - so that's the one Hannah used.

They are so easy to light and set free.

And there they go.

A picture really can't do them justice. It was lovely. We have a few extra that we're saving to send off on a warm summer evening.

As an aside, I wish we could take snapshots of our inner selves so you could see just how much I've changed in the last seven years, from being this child's mother. Inconceivable, as a certain Sicilian would say.


Debbie said...

Beautiful. (And I'm crying...being a mum...watching your child grow is so gorgeous and heartbreaking, all at the same time).

I can't believe how much Hannah looks like you in her "seven year old" picture - the one with the toque on. Gorgeous.

Happy Birthday, Beautiful Hannah. And Happy Birth Day, Beautiful Mama. xoxo

Joy said...

Happy birthday to Hannah! She's getting to be such a big girl. :) It looks like she had a great time turning 7!

affectioknit said...

Sweet! Happy Birthday!

Cindy's Custom Creations said...

Those lanterns are *magical*!

Sherry said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Happy Birthday, Hannah!

Phyllis said...

Happy Birthday Hannah!
And Congrats to Mom! You are a lovely mom with a lovely children.
The sky lanterns are such a wonderful, magical touch.

MamaTea said...

Aw, that made me so emotional! What a beautiful post. They really do grow up in the blink of an eye. We have two birthdays coming up here in the next couple weeks.

Beautiful post. Simply gorgeous. :)

Michelle said...

Oh man she really is growing up! Liz was so sad she didn't get to see your girls on Sunday...Hopefully soon.

Mrs. Simpson said...

You have the sweetest little girl EVER. good job mama!!!!