Yesterday was my oldest daughter’s 13th birthday…I was lucky enough to get to be the one to spend the day with her – and lucky us it was over break! I arranged for her to have a make-up consultation since I don’t really wear make-up and she is getting more interested in that “girlie” stuff. lol
She enjoyed getting “made-up” and we left with a “more mature than I wanted”, but naturally looking beautiful, teenager…they grow up so fast.
My kids get to pick their own special birthday dinner, birthday treat, and an activity they would like to do…my girl picked hanging out at the river, so here are a few pictures from our festivities.
This is my amazing girl!
This was a blue heron we saw fishing…we all cheered when it caught one! We were even lucky enough to witness an eagle soaring above us and I watched a hawk hunt a fish as well…I love catching wildlife in action.
We hung out with friends…these kids are like siblings they love each other so much and spend so much time together. I just love the bonds they make with others.
These sorts of things are the things that I have always treasured…going on outings and experiencing life with my children, and creating bonds with others that make me feel connected to something.
My children are all in “gifted” programs at school. They are considered smart by some standard. I have always argued that I don’t think they are any more “gifted” than any other child, but rather they are “exposed”…I have endeavored to enrich their lives with experiences that they can hold on to and relationships they can derive pleasure and solace from.
I have always felt that I wanted a partner to share in providing these things for my children. I wanted someone to help prepare experiences and dream up adventures for us all…someone to share in cheering them through their sporting endeavors…someone to help shoulder the load of responsibility as well as the thrill of achievement.
I came to realize I never truly had that with my ex. In the past, he had merely been a warm body in attendance in many regards. When he was no longer in the picture, I wondered how I would be able to do all the things with them that I have always wanted to…
I’m starting to realize…all I need to do is keep doing what I was doing all along.