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This year, Mya’s 9th birthday falls on a Sunday.  I love it when that happens.  We get to celebrate her birthday on her birthday which is rare!  This was the first year that we’ve decided to go against a party for a couple of reasons.  Mya didn’t seem to mind it at all as long as she got to spend it with the people she loved and of course we made up for it in other ways. She woke up with confetti-filled balloons all around her bed and a plate of glittered donuts in which she got to blow out her candle on.  No cake either this year, but the alternative worked just perfect.  This girl has been counting down the days for almost a month now and it has been driving us nuts, so we’re glad the day has finally come!  After we sang “Happy Birthday” to her in bed, we had a little photo session that I set up for her.  Then she got to open her gifts!  This was the fun part and we really couldn’t wait to see her face when she sees what we got for her.  First up was the Minecraft game that she has been begging for to play on the PS4.  She’s been playing and obsessing over Minecraft on the iPad and the computer, but wanted one for the game console.  Next up was a cell phone!  Yes….a cell phone!  That was all daddy’s idea.  I wasn’t so sure about it, but it made me feel better to know that there is no internet connection on it. :)  Giving her that phone really puts things into perspective.  It makes us realize how grown she is to have something that only the “big kids” have the privilege of having.  This will be the ultimate test of responsibility.  We’ll see how that works out for her.  Now, the third and last gift is what I personally was waiting on.  The deal was for her to be able to keep her room consistently clean so every now and again she would say, “My room has been clean.  Can I get a hamster now?”  She’s been struggling with it, but has been conscious of it putting effort into making sure things go where they should and maintaining the cleanliness and because of that we think she deserves what she has been wishing for.  As we researched hamsters, we’ve found that they do not have a long lifespan so we opted for a guinea pig instead.  It was a task and took a lot of planning to keep it all under wraps until the day of her birthday.  We’ve had the guinea pig hidden for two whole days in the house until it was time for the reveal.  When it was time for it, we put “Ginny” in a gift box and once Mya opened up the box, she was in complete shock!  We told her that her name was Ginny and that she could change her name if she wanted to and she immediately picked Ginger, so Ginger it is.  I tried to convince her to change it to Pippa, but it didn’t work.  Oh well!  I tried.  Later on in the day, we gathered 7 of her little girlfriends up and took her to Funtopia where they can wall climb, free fall off of a giant slide, jump 2-3 stories off of a ledge and jump onto a velcro wall and more!  These 7-9 year old girls were definitely brave!  Truthfully, I don’t think I would be able to do some of the challenges that they did.  All in all, the day was a success.  Another year, another birthday, another milestone and we are basking in it all.  We are such proud parents to this little girl of ours.  She’s sweet, kind, smart, caring and always  makes us feel like the best parents in the world!  Happy Birthday to our brand new 9 year old…we love you to the moon and all the way back!





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