This weekend, Olivia turned nine. Our celebration was small— my sister over for Olivia’s favorite dinner of Tim’s spaghetti, and a few hoped for gifts: a sewing kit with scissors and thread (sewing small stuffed animals by hand is Olivia’s current passion), a cookbook, a puzzle, and a pack of origami paper with a booklet of instructions.

Mateo entertained, pushing together some deck chairs on which he hopped and shuffled in a free-form tap dance; Olivia modeled the earrings she beaded for herself–dangling clip-ons in her favorite colors, purple and  pink. As my sister showed Olivia and Mateo some of her favorite origami designs, I learned something new about my husband. “Origami” was his favorite class in kindergarten; that and “Abacus.” I knew Tim spent his formative years in Japan and Germany—his dad was in the military–but had no idea he’d mastered origami. You think you know everything there is to know about someone, and then discover a new detail.

The day ended with the annual Ladybug release. The bugs are good for the garden–reportedly they eat aphids, although that population continues to thrive–and every year Tim buys Olivia and Mateo a box. According to Tim, if you release ladybugs in the evening when the weather’s cool, they won’t stray far from home. As Olivia turned one year older, that sounded good to me.


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9 Responses to “Nine!”

  1. Gil says:

    Happy Birthday, Olivia!! Glad you had a great party.

  2. June says:

    I like the lady bug theory.
    Let’s keep our nine year olds close to home as long as we possibly can!
    Where does the time go?
    Happy birthday to Olivia! She is beautiful!
    Graciela follows in a matter of weeks!

  3. Tia Cookie says:

    Olivia looks beautiful! Love the earrings! And Mateo is so very handsome.
    Sounds like a great time was had by all.
    love, Tia Cookie

  4. Jessica says:

    Thank you, Gil!

    June: “Theory” the operative word!
    Impossible that our girls are nine!!
    Happy birthday to Miss G. Thanks for the wishes for Miss O.

  5. Jessica says:

    Olivia is following in your artistic footsteps. Mateo a charmer, all right. We missed you! Looking forward to seeing you soon!

  6. nina says:

    Happy Birthday sweetie! You look just like my Ivy Rose she turned 9 in feb.!

  7. Jessica says:

    Our beautiful girls. Happy birthday to Ivy Rose! Thanks, Nina.

  8. Tia Sharon says:

    Wow, we need to set Olivia up on Etsy — making her own stuffed animals, earrings, origami? Love the pix, too. Your kids are such stylistas.

  9. Jessica says:

    Olivia loves to create. “Stylistas” the exact word. xo to TS from us.

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