And so today ends the Ayers Family Birthday Blitz - 3 kids, 1 dog, an aunt and an uncle, and Jesus -all celebrating Birthdays within the last 20 days. Once again we gear up for a day of special birthday meals and gifts. And of course - it also means a school holiday! Today Max and Nana are surprising Gracie by taking the kids to lunch and a movie! And, Gracie was very excited to have Daddy home today - even though he is taking a sick day, feeling terrible and covered in poison ivy. One eye is almost swollen shut. Thankfully, the kids appear to take after their mama and the poison ivy exposure doesn't seem to affect them.
Gracie got a Breyer stable and farm set and a lasso kit with a DVD lasso trick how to - look out Annie Oakley -or Jessie the Yodelin' Cowgirl!
She is our Gracie Pearl - although that is not her given name. Since she has been very small her daddy has called her Pearl. I'm not sure why, but it has always been fitting - she is a precious pearl, she has a pearly glow to her radiant smile, or that she has that Minnie Pearl flair for drama! Maybe all of the above. I can't believe she is 9years old! From the day of her birth she has kept us on our toes and our lives full of drama and excitement! She is highly creative and always full of surprises! She has chosen another cheese -filled feast for her special birthday meal - mac and cheese, cottage cheese, cut up hot dog wienies, carrots, and apples. At least it is fairly balanced - but what is it with cheese and these children? You'll have to wait for photos of her very creative cupcakes!