Tuesday, January 19, 2010


She is an incredible ray of light.

I am so grateful that God chose her to shine in our lives.

Celebrating her "Golden" birthday~ 8 on the 8th!

Checking out her new "doctor" kit.

Diagnosing the patient.

One of my favorite gifts to her (maybe not hers yet!)~ a set of Ramona books!  Did you read Ramona?  Ahhh, childhood!

She had been wanting a teacher's kit as well, so we found this one.  Lots of little pieces that we need to organize, but she loved it.  And the cute mini Kit was a big hit!  I think we may collect these instead of the big expensive ones.

She was so funny!  This was a little pink ceramic dish that I picked up for her ages ago at a resale shop.  She said, "I don't know what it is, but it is so pretty.".  She is using it for some of her jewelry.

Trying to read the card from brother w/o the music playing.  He loooooves musical cards!

Her fancy new dress and shoes, as well as her pretty (fake) press-on nails that a friend got her.

We celebrated her birthday at her grandparents, after enjoying the dinner she had requested....steak, baked potatoes, french fries, salad, and cake.  The next day, we surprised her, her brother, and her friend with a day at an indoor waterpark.  I had kept it a secret and none of them knew until we drove into the parking lot.  The squealing could be heard miles away!  It is a small waterpark that is open to the public even though it is associated with a timeshare facility.  They had a blast.  The girls went off by themselves and I spent the day with L.  Yes, I donned a bathing suit.  My motto that day was "Don't look down."  Nothing good can come out of overanalyzing one's white and post-baby mushy skin.  Nothing!  Anyway,  there were 4 big tube slides, 4 smaller tube slides, a water playground, wave pool, and a lazy river.  They went non-stop for almost 6 hours!  It was great because we didn't have to worry about them and could pretty much see them the whole time.  It was kinda crazy to be swimming as you could see icicles forming outside where the water tube looped around. 

I think she had a really great birthday!

Things I want to remember about you right now~

You became a big sister to a little brother once again.
You love drawing, coloring, painting; all that is creative.
You love shoes.
You really enjoy watching cooking shows.
You love to cook as well!
How right on you are when we video your cooking show.
How you crack me up with your perfect British accent.
You can make your bed beautifully.
Cleaning your room is hard and not fun for you.
You love to sing and dance.
How tolerant you are of brother #1.
All the fun you two can have together.
Your persistant dedication to one day having both a cat and a dog.
What a good student you are.
That you don't like milk anymore, even chocolate milk.
How brave you have become sleeping with no lights in your room.
How you still want me to lay down with you for 1 minute.
And all the great things we get to talk about in that "1 minute".
How much you love to swim.
That you share my love of popcorn...and "pagsinon" cheese.
Your cute little laugh.

aka Mommy


Kimmy said...

What an awesome tribute post to your daughter! She is beautiful, Stacey.
I love how you ended the post, with reflections on how you want to remember her. I'm going to start doing that for my boys too . . . even though they are turning 9 and 11 this year; I've missed a lot of opportunities to write down the things I thought I'd always remember, but many years later, I have forgotten.

Cara said...

So sweet!

Jennifer said...

I can't believe how grown up she's looking! She is so beautiful! I love the end too - what a wonderful idea! I need to do that, there are so many things I don't want to forget!