Our sweet Bug turned six years old this past week. I, as usual on the girls’ birthdays, experience a wide range of emotions. There is a part of me that holds fiercely to moments like this:
Sometimes I really miss those baby days. As Bug gets older and more independent she needs her Mama less and less. There was a point in her early life when I was quite literally keeping her alive. Now I’m pretty sure, if left to her own devices, she would be able to survive on her own. It is so hard as a Mama to step back and let her bloom.
On the other hand, I look at her in moments like this:
What a cool six year old we have! She is incredibly witty and has a contagious giggle. She is one unique kid who doesn’t shy away from her big personality. She shamelessly loves Spider Man as much as she loves wearing frilly, girly dresses and skirts. She has a huge heart and a friendly personality. She remembers everyone’s name and makes sure that no one feels like a stranger. She is an incredible big sister. When she grows up she wants to be a Rock Star, President, Artist, and Explorer. She pretends like she doesn’t know how to read (and refuses to practice), but we catch her reading words all over the world around here all the time. If she could go anywhere in the world she would go to China (or maybe outer space). She is crazy about animals and asks me every single day for a cat. We simply love her and her never ending imagination to pieces. So as much as I miss being able to really hold her (she is starting to catch up with me in height!) and smell her sweet baby head it is pretty awesome to watch her grow up at the same time. Enough of the mushy stuff, though.
We had so much fun celebrating Bug turning six! In fact, we aren’t really even done yet! She still has a few gifts from grandparents to open!
The first part of her birthday celebration was a party with friends! It was seriously a blast and we were so glad that so many of our friends could come out and play with us for the afternoon! (And we missed those of you that couldn’t make it!)
On Bug’s actual birthday we spent the day at one of her favorite places — Playmobil Fun Park here in Germany! We have been about 4-5 times now and it has yet to get old. You can catch up on those adventures HERE and HERE. Another perk is that a kid gets in free on their birthday. We have conveniently been there on Bug’s birthday for the past two years. It is just such a great, fun, imaginative place for kids. It wound up being a really hot day (95 degrees hot) and so we didn’t stay as long as we usually do, but it was still a lot of fun!