Audrey sporting her birthday poncho and boots from her favorite store next to her fashion idol Christine...
There's also the fact that I found the solution to my inability to enjoy down time. Ready? Get sick. Which is exactly what I did on Saturday when I was hit with some sort of raging headache meets sad stomach combo. To combat said sickness, Millie and I cuddled in bed, took a three(!) hour nap, and then woke up and watched movies on the iPad (her) and read the entire September issue of Vogue (me).
Aside from the fact that I felt like living hell, it was really nice.
Ok... I've stalled long enough. time for the big guns. Audrey turned nine. Today. And while this in and of itself isn't reason for melancholy, the fact that somehow this turning nine kicked off a palpable change in her is. Truth be told, the change has probably been slowly happening right under my nose, but it was her birthday celebration of choice that drove it home. This time last year we were making dream catchers with a gaggle of her friends at a sweet and festive birthday celebration. This year Audrey wanted none of that "party business"... no themes, no fabric banners, no crafts or homemade cupcakes. Instead she wanted to invite three of her friends to join her for a sleepover at a hotel for, you know, "just a big girl celebration please".
Bryan and I took Audrey and her buddies out to dinner in Oak Cliff and then checked into the room. The girlies ate cake and ice cream, swam in the infinity pool overlooking downtown (very big girl) and then retired back to their room to "hang out". At one point in the evening, Bryan and I peeked in on them from our adjoining room (as staying in the same room was clearly out of the question) to find them sitting on the floor chatting, painting each other's nails, and listening to music.
I know it's cliche and whatnot, but friends it goes by so freakin fast. We have entered a new era... we're now officially on the cusp of "tweendom" and all its various codes and unwritten rules and changes and whatnot. I knew we'd get there, I just didn't think it would be so fast.