Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A little birthday magic

My baby, Katherine, just turned four years old yesterday. It's so amazing how time flies.

Last fall at a friend's birthday party, Katherine fell in love with horses. The party was held at a local equestrian center, Patriot Farms, so all the guests got to ride horses. I worried she'd be scared, but instead we witnessed her biggest, longest lasting smile. Katherine just lit up. After that she made sure to ask for cowgirl boots and a real horse from every Santa she encountered that Christmas season. Thankfully, Santa knew we weren't ready for the responsibility and delivered gigantic stuffed horses to the girls instead (they've slept with the girls every night since their arrival). She loves her stuffed horse, but she still dreams of a real horse.

With her passion for horses, I knew I wanted to return to Patriot Farms for Katherine's birthday. So last night Katherine and Rebecca enjoyed their very own horse riding lesson. This was such a wonderful birthday experience. In the past when it comes to the girls' birthdays, we usually throw big parties with lots of friends. These are great fun, but exhausting. Yesterday was really nice because we were able to give Katherine a fun and meaningful experience rather than just a big pile of presents (this also helped my mission to declutter--the girls certainly don't need anymore toys).

Now in the excitement of Katherine's birthday I never announced a winner for my Inspiration Giveaway. So here it is..........

The winner is Kelly over at Happy Shack Designs! Congratulations!

Don't forget you could join in the Create With Me fun. Stampington is accepting artwork for their winter issue, so if you enjoy creating with a child in your life be sure to check it out!


Robin Norgren said...

Congrats to Kelly! And what a lovely way to celebrate her girl's birthday.

scrapwordsmom said...

Jen...I just finished reading Create with Me and YOUR article!! How very thrilling for you and your daughters to be published:) It was a delight reading it.

So happy for you and I really LOVED the magazine!!!