20 February 2011

Coming to my Senses::10 Years Flash Before My Eyes

{This is what the last decade of my life looked like...click to enlarge and view the many faces of my Tiny Dancer!}
I see...smiles from ear to ear...orange frosting...ink on fingers...flashlight tag...thank you notes written...three candles left lit (three boyfriends, teehee!)...brand new CZ studs in her newly pierced ears...the last decade of my life flash before my eyes...

I hear....shrieks of laughter...'Rasputin' and 'Crazy in Love' on Just Dance 2...more giggles...paper ripping off packages...the wave of quiet that comes when they all leave in a whoosh...

I taste...smooth creamy ice cream with pebbles of cookie in a fudge ribbon...fruity bubbles in the punch...salty and slightly stale pretzels...

I smell...fruity lip gloss and sugar...the smoke from 10 birthday candles...cupcakes baking in the oven...

I touch...the chain of the charm bracelets we are making at the party...my hammer stamping their names on the metal...my lips to the top of my daughter's head as she gives me a hug...

I feel...amazed that this girl-child is wavering between so grown up and still a little girl...thrilled that I could share this fun with her besties...humbled that my baby is 10...that time is slipping by...

{The birthday superstar with the CZ studs licking the frosting off her cupcake!}
Happy 10th birthday, Tiny Dancer!

P.S. The winner of my Beaded Romanov earrings is....Pretty Things! But wait! Scott David has generously offered to send a Beaded Romanov kit to all of the commenters on the review post. Congrats to Something Unique, Barbara Lewis, Melissa Meman, Craftymoose Crafts, CJ Vierow, Janet, EmandaJ, Cindy and JeannieK! I will email you with the details on how to get your own Beaded Romanov Kit direct from Scott David Plumlee.

Enjoy the day!

27 comments:

Janet said...

Such refreshing here!
And your children are so Beautiful.
This post is so alive..but then look who wrote it!
Janet xx

Pretty Things said...

Thank you! And Scott rocks!!!

And that collage really needs to be framed.

susanc said...

Sorry this is late, but happy, happy birthday Tiny Dancer! You are absolutely adorable! Hope you had a great day! :)

Cindy said...

Happy Birthday, Tiny Dancer!!! I loved the collage, Erin...what a great idea. It is amazing to see your daughter through the years. She looks so incredibly happy on her birthday with her newly pierced ears and enjoying her cupcake. I like how you captured the day with all of the senses. I have a 10 year old too and never really looked at it from that perspective - as a decade of MY life...wow!
Congrats to Lori for winning the earrings....and I am so thrilled to win a kit as well - thank you!!

steufel said...

Oh, Erin. Your little dancer is perfect. What a cute little girl. You must be so, so proud: Wish her all the best for her future

Malin de Koning said...

You have a beautiful daughter!

Lance said...

Happy Birthday Tiny Dancer!!!

I love the pictures...through the years!! And I can just tell how wonderful these years have been! And that starts with the caring family environment that you have created - what a gift!!

So - Erin, Tiny Dancer, and your whole family - keep living the amazing and fun life you have created!

Rebecca said...

Wow Erin - your daughter is such a mini-you! Completely gorgeous of course :-). I love that face paint shot especially! I can't imagine what it must be like to have a ten year old wee girl - enjoy your celebrations!

Alice said...

She's grown up so fast! They all do, don't they? What a sweetheart you have there.

Designs by Dawn Marie said...

Oh Erin, your daughter is precious! Happiest of Birthdays to her! I bet she gets to build a snowman for her birthday! What joyful pictures you shared... I can just feel the love in your family. Makes me wish I could join you to celebrate this momentous birthday!
{Hugs & ♥}

somethingunique said...

Children & fur Kids my 2 favorite things, i also do bday parties for girls with charm bracelets/ the metal stamping tags i guess great minds think a like. I also volunteer with children @ a school prep healthy snack & arts & crafts it's so rewarding they love u unconditionaly. Keep doing what you do Erin ;p
p.s. congrats to all of us who won a kit from Scott David yippy! skippy! ;)

somethingunique said...

I'm sorry wanted to say Happy Bithday "Tiny Dancer" and yes Erin they grow up fast my son is 15 years old 6'1" but hes still & always will b my Little Man! Man! ;p

SummersStudio said...

Happy Birthday! 10 is a magic year and I hope your next year is even more wonderful than your last.

JeannieK said...

Erin, this has touched my soul. I have no other words.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Congrats to Pretty Things on winning the stunning earrings & the rest of us (lol) for the surprise of winning a kit to make them!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Also a very Happy Birthday to your Tiny Dancer!

(This certainly deserved its own post!)

Mellisa said...

Happy Birthday to TD! Virtual b-day hugs to you both :)

Lisa Godfrey said...

Wow, double digits! Happy Birthday Tiny Dancer! They grow up so fast don't they? :-)

sharon said...

Happiest of birthdays to your beautiful precious one, you will carry that with you always. Beautiful post Erin.
Thank you again for your comments and kindness!

kelleysbeads said...

Happiest of birthdays, Tiny Dancer! I know you will have a wonderful year ahead of you and can't wait to see new jewelry collaborations with your mom :)

Libby Leuchtman said...

Wow such a lucky girl and such a lucky mother.
The bonding with a child is so deep and precious. Happy Birthday Tiny Dancer.

Jenners said...

Loving loving loving the collage! So amazing ... and such great photos! She sounds like a wonderful child ... and she is lucky to have a mom like you! Happy Birthday to your girl!

rosebud101 said...

Oh, my, she's 10! Happy Birthday, Tiny Dancer, and Mom, continue to make those wonderful memories for her that she will cherish when she's all grown up!

EmandaJ said...

Oh Erin -- Happy birthday to your Tiny Dancer and your best decade yet. And thanks to Scott David for the chain-maille kit. I'm looking forward to it.

Emanda

My Life Under the Bus said...

I hope she had a fantastic birthday! I just realized my soon to be thirteen year old is taller then me! ACK!!! Many happy birthdays to come!

Holly said...

Happy Birthday Tiny Dancer! I hope you have a sparkling day filled with wonderful things :)

Kristen said...

Happy tears! Imagine when she turns 18! Enjoy every precious moment and give her hugs and kisses!

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