Karlie's 9th Birthday

Karlie has the best birth date in the year.  Everyone wants to celebrate and is in a good mood on St. Patrick's Day.  
We ended up celebrating all weekend!  On Friday we went for her 9 year old check up and then headed to Starbucks for a hot chocolate and cheesecake brownie treat and special time with Mommy.
Since she has to have corned beef and cabbage by default every year, we let her choose her favorite dinner the night before.  This year we were at the horse show the night before, so Friday was her dinner night!
Karlie's favorite dinner is steak, cheesy rice, and fruit salad.  She had a special green Izze too.
Karlie decided she would rather have the money we usually spend on throwing a party and use it instead to go shopping!  We are in so much trouble with this one.  When she got her green backs she just kept smelling them.  She loves the smell of money, the mall and new clothes.  YIKES!
We headed for the big, fancy mall.  Nine years old is when we allow the girls to get their ears pierced if they have demonstrated they can keep their room clean and be responsible for their things.  Hailey set the bar at 9 and Karlie has been desperately trying to lower the bar since she was 6.  But 9 finally came and she has indeed shown us she is responsible enough to take care of her ears and not lose her earrings.
Everyone came for the BIG event.  Grammy is here visiting for her spring break and was lucky enough to watch the show!  Karlie had just watched another girl get her ear pierced that cried and freaked out a little, so I was worried it would scare her.  But she jumped up in the chair and held Ellie and Daddy's hand.  
She barely winced on the first ear.  I thought for sure the second ear would make her cry.  Nope.  She is our tough little cookie.  She was all smiles!
 However, Kaitlin was very anxious about Karlie getting her ears pierced.  I assumed it was her way of expressing jealousy because she had said, "It's not fair I will be the only girl without ears pierced!"  She kept saying, "I don't want Karlie to do it."  But I think she was genuinely worried about Karlie being in pain. 
 She watched Karlie get her ears pierced and we went to check out.  Kaitlin came over to me and grabbed my waist and said, "Mommy..."  I took one look at her and knew she was about to faint and started lowering her to the ground.  Sure enough she was out.  Max came over and we lifted her legs up.  I know she was only out for 10 seconds but it seamed like an eternity.  I started to worry something else happened.  But she slowly came around.  What an adrenaline filled morning!
 Max took the rest of the crew home so Grammy and I could do some power shopping with Karlie.  After shopping in many stores, we went to the food court where Karile could pick anything she wanted for lunch.  She chose Sushi.  Sushi!  Most kids would head straight for McDonald's or pizza or Subway!  No, this girl doesn't have expensive taste.  I had to laugh when she popped the ginger in her mouth thinking it was crab.  Her face was priceless.  LOL  I was just happy she didn't mistake the wasabi for guacamole.
Karlie has always wanted to stop at the make-up counter in the department stores and have her make-up done.  I decided to ask if she would do just a little make-up on our diva.  The make-up artist did an excellent job and Karlie was ready to buy all the make-up.  Too bad for her it was a one day only deal.  She will have to wait a few years for make-up, but she was thrilled for the day.
After 4 hours of shopping she was broke and Grammy and I were tired.  It was time to get ready for Hailey's horse show.
 Sunday morning the celebrations continued.  Karlie wanted shamrock green pancakes, maple sausage and eggs for breakfast.
After church we were off to watch the world famous fountain in Fountain Hills.
 A giant geyser of green just for Karlie! :)
You can see the four kids down by the water.  It sprayed for 15 minutes and we were covered in a mist of green water.  The kids loved it.  I thought they looked like they had gangrene.
Four little leprechauns in a tree.  One fell down and bumped her knee.  The other three leprechauns stayed in the tree...
 After a picnic lunch by the fountain we went to McDonald's to try and get a Shamrock Shake but they were out!  The kids were fine with a frosty instead.
 We then headed for the ball park!  Never time to rest, too busy having fun.
 It was a gorgeous day to watch a spring training game.  A little more shade would have been nice.  Hank just took his shirt off!
 The kids got on the big screen!
 Lucky!
 Happy Day!
After the 7th inning stretch we decided to head home to start the real celebrations!
Presents!
 Karlie's present from Max and I was a Lunch Box RC car!  She loves to play with Max.  Now they can build her own and paint it green of course. :)  I am not sure who is more excited... Karlie or Max.
 Max is the most amazing husband and father.  While I was out shopping with Karlie, he made Karlie a berry pie AND a shamrock cake!  When Max was a kid he always got a berry pie all to himself for his birthday.  Karlie was all about continuing that tradition.  She did offer a piece to Max. :)
 My Karlie girl, we are blessed to call you our daughter.  You light up a room and make everyone smile.  You are the life of the party and have luck on your side.  
 We love you to the moon and back and hope all your wishes and dreams come true.

1 comment:

Courtney said...

WHat a fabulous weekend! Poor Kaitlin, guess she won't be your nurse in the family. ;) Cate asks me weekly about getting her ears pierced. Maybe we can put it off for two more years too!
Karlie is such a sweetie with a smile as big as her heart. Love her!