Maddie turned 6 yesterday -- I can hardly believe it. I feel like I'll be sending her off to college before I know it! The preparations for her party and a slew of other errands that had to get done kept me *very* busy all last week. (New cell phones, a visit to my stockbroker -- thank goodness she's my mom!, finally to DSW to get a pair of shoes, off to the bank & grocery -- you get the idea.)
The party was a casual affair -- as I get older, I realize that: a) I am *not* Martha Stewart. b) My family and I have more fun when we have casual get togethers. c) Even a simple get together leaves me exhausted and costs a good chunk of change!
So, we had chips and dip and a Sponge Bob cake that I did not make myself. And we ordered carry out. My Mom even brought crafts! And almost eveyone did them -- photographic proof:
That's my Mom, Maddie and her cousin Landon -- Maddie and Landon are only 6 months apart and they play together so well! Both are only children (and while Heidi plans to have more kids one day, I don't) so it's really nice to have them be so close.
And these are two of my sisters -- Heidi and Amanda and Amanda's husband, Kevin -- yes, he's crafting too! We like him -- he married my sister and now he's gone and knocked her up! My other sister and brother-in-law weren't crafting, but they were busy running around after a little one who just started walking recently, so they were quite busy in our non-baby proofed house!
Maddie was very gracious and exclaimed in delight over each gift -- is it the age? She was very sweet! And one gift she especially loved was her very own American Girl doll. Oh my -- she is growing up too quickly, I tell you! (These dolls are pretty incredible -- I almost want one for myself. Sometimes I'm so glad that I have a little girly-girl!)
Yesterday was her actual birthday and Pete took the day off from work so that we could do something fun. Maddie choose the DuPage Children's Museum. We had actually never been there and I don't know why -- it's not very far and it was so much fun! If you live in the Chicago area, it's really worth the trip. (They even had a "wood-shop" area for older kids.)
They had some really incredible "light" exhibits as well as building, water, air, math and other things. Really quite fun.
Whew. So that's where I've been. I'm working on a new knitting pattern for the next issue of Yarn Forward and having a terrible time -- I've ripped it out 5 times, but I think I have a new plan. (I also have an article in the current issue!) And other than that, I've just been trying to find a few minutes to breathe. Things should settle down after next weekend -- which is going to be insane once again. I'm just dreaming of November -- November, November, November. . . .