Kamy chose Sausage Penne for her birthday dinner (I think this is the third year in a row she chose this meal, regardless of the fact that we have it all the time) and she wanted Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake with mint chocolate chip ice cream for dessert.
We've been wanting to get Kamy a new bike for a while now. She outgrew her old one a few years ago, but has continued riding it. We looked and looked for a good bike for her, but didn't find one. We decided that's we'd have to give her an I.O.U. but yesterday afternoon, The Husband called to say that he found one. He picked it up after work, and came home just in time for dinner.
When I was ten or eleven, I remember my parents coming home from doing some shopping one afternoon, on my birthday. I was home, along with my other siblings. When my dad walked in the front door, he said "Shaina, get outside and pick up your toys now! You can't just leave them lying around." I remember slouching off towards the door and mumbling something about how I didn't leave any toys outside, and that all I ever did was clean up..." Once I got outside, I saw a brand new bike waiting for me. It was my birthday present.
I whispered to Heath that we should do the same thing, so he positioned the bike outside, on the front sidewalk, before he came in the house. Just as we were sitting down to eat, Heath said "Kamy, you left your toy outside on the sidewalk. We aren't eating until you go out and pick it up." Kamy dutifully stood up and went outside to pick things up. I could tell that she was questioning in her mind, what toys were outside, because she hadn't played outside that day, but nevertheless, being the good girl she is, she didn't say anything, and just went outside.
She walked right past the bike without a second glance, and started looking around for the mysterious toys that her dad had said were out there. She had no idea that the bike was for her. In all honesty, it is a nice big black bike, and she probably mistook it for her dad's bike. Anyway, we told her that the bike was for her, and then she understood that she had been slightly tricked. She loves the bike, and although Heath said he would paint it a more girly color for her, she prefers it to stay black.
and then we had Kamy open her presents. Along with the bike, she got the first book in the Harry Potter series, which means she can now read all the books. She also got two crochet hats that I made her, two skirts and two shirts, as well as new black church shoes.
Then I brought out three dresses I had found at a thrift store, that were in lovely like-new condition. They were long enough, and modest dresses, and I almost squealed when I found them, as Kamy is a very hard size to find dresses for, especially when all you can see in stores are little mini skirts or short baby doll dresses that would be more fitting for a shirt, than a dress.
Anyway, not to go off on a tangent...It's been hard to find modest church clothes for her. Kamy was beyond thrilled at all of the dresses. She said the black and white one reminds her of what I would have worn as a little girl, and when Keaton saw her in it, he said she was the most beautiful pioneer girl he had ever seen. So funny.