Thursday, December 29, 2016

Art Party! Raigen turns 7!

As cliche as it sounds, I seriously cannot believe my baby just turned 7!

Dear Raigen, 

Somehow your birthday crept up on us, sweet girl. Its funny how it seems to happen every year during this busy season, even with all of the reminders you give us.

It finally arrived, though. You turned seven.

It makes me sad, if I'm being honest. Something about this age both excites me and scares me at the same time.  Something about you  turning 7 just feels scary, monumental, like, you are a real big kid now. Like, my baby is not a baby anymore. My #3 is a big girl and I totally feel like a professional at this whole Mom-thing now. Even though most days I still have no clue what I am doing.

I know there have been a lot of, "I remember when you were a baby...." and "Can you just stay little forever?" and you just smile and tell us that even though you are growing up, that you will still live with us forever. Even your husband, too. And I'm not kidding when I say, I wouldn't mind that a bit.

Truth is- we are excited you are 7, Raigen. Even though we may not act like it all the time. Even though a lot of time it makes us sad.  Even when I ask you how you got so big and you say, "Mom, you knoooooow.." and smile. Even when your old baby pictures and videos pop up in my Timehop and it literally feels like it was yesterday. The truth is, we are happy. So happy because we have been blessed  that we have had 7 super lucky, fun, amazing, wonderful years with you.

You are the precious baby that knit us together and made us that family of four.

You are the baby that made Rilyn a big sister.

And CJ a big brother.

You are the toddler who tested our patience and colored on every wall, cabinet door, and appliance. In the middle of the night.

You are the girl who continually surprises us, teaches us, and reminds us of Gods love for us every single day.

You are a joy.

Happy 7th birthday Raigen Elise. You are loved, loved, loved.

This year Raigen is totally into art, so what better way to celebrate then with a painting party! She was super excited when her besties from school came! And I enjoyed making all the decorations and favors. Each guest went home with an apron and goodie bag with their very own blank canvas and paint palet!

By far, the easist party, ever!