july whirlwind and zia’s golden birthday

Posted on July 28th, 2017 by mountain girl  |  2 Comments »

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You’ve probably noticed I’ve been strangely quiet around here. It’s not at all because there’s been nothing to write about–I think we’ve just been holding onto July’s coattails for dear life. I can’t believe I haven’t even blogged about Zia’s birthday, then mine came, and now it’s almost Cash’s. Besides the normal redhead birthdays, this month has been spinning with:

David finishing the last week of his London trip, and also a four-day trip to NYC.

Me taking the kids to South Carolina for my brother’s baby shower (and to see mi whole enchilada familia! or at least half, which is still a lot.)

18 illustrations for the Stasia Dress and Top, a new digital sewing pattern by Sew Liberated.

Shop orders for carved animals–a fox, raccoon, wolf, and two bears (also a fox and wolf requested by the birthday kids).

Making hammered metal jewelry and working on a commissioned oil portrait.

Zia starting fourth grade and–drum roll, please–Cash going to kindergarten.

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Zia turned ten on July 10th, which means it’s her golden birthday, and that has been a really big deal. :) We had a little party at home with a treasure hunt, pinata, presents, grasshopper pie and red velvet birthday cake. The red velvet cake was a backup plan in case she didn’t like the healthy-raw-vegan-gluten free-colored with spinach-and-sweetened with maple syrup-grasshopper pie she asked for. Well, at least there were no grasshoppers in it!

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Everyone actually loved it, and the red velvet cake was completely unnecessary. That cake was also really fun to make–I used a box mix (probably for the first time since I was a teenager) and the frosting was included in the box, LOL. I even bought decorator icing to draw with. It was a total forget-this-natural homespun mama-thing, and I won’t regret it for a very long time.

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Zia’s birthday was also the first day of school. Wake County does year-round school tracks, in order to fit in all the kids from the huge influx of new families moving here. It’s really a great thing, because the summer months are so hot that it’s hard to be outdoors anyway. There is a rotation system of nine weeks in school, three weeks off, and that continues throughout the year.

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David grilled steaks for her birthday dinner. That man is easy on the eyes and easy on a girl. His mama raised him right–he can cook, wash dishes, and do laundry, too. I try not to exploit his abilities, but I have to admit, they are nice to have around. He can also change a mean diaper…though that skill has lately gone dormant in both of us (happily!)

It’s getting light here, and I’m off to make breakfast, pack lunches and catch and dress a certain scrappy kindergartner. I’ll come back and blog about the rest of July later, but it’s time to grab the tail once again and enjoy this wild ride.

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2 Responses to “july whirlwind and zia’s golden birthday”

  1. Mimi says on :

    Really liked that – I’ll show Papa this afternoon. You’ve been SO busy – love the BDay cakes and the video! She had fun on her birthday! Love, Mimi

  2. mountain girl says on :

    I’m making Cash’s birthday cake right now, and it’s going a little south, ha…but hopefully he’ll like it anyway. I’ll post pics if it makes it to the birthday without ending up in the trash first. ;)

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