Monday, October 31, 2011

Almost a decade

Riley turned 9 this year. For those of you clapping and hoorah-ing please stop now. This is not ok. 9. repeat: 9. That is almost a decade. That is ridiculous. My baby is no longer a baby. She reads. She comprehends. She KNOWS things...she's like...a person....a smart person. Usually smarter than I am. She spurts off random knowledgeable facts. She reads long chapter books in a matter of hours. She accessorizes. She comprehends. She can tie her own shoes, ride her own bike, make her own breakfast, lunch, and if needed, dinner.

She is busting out of the seams of childhood.





However--all of the above stated is why she is such a remarkable young lady. She is special and glamorous and enrapturing. She makes me proud to be her momma.

We were in Brazil for her birthday this year. This girl sure does get lucky when it comes to getting birthdays in Brazil. We did a small celebration on her actual birthday with goodies in the morning, presents, and a dinner that evening. When Berns came to Brazil a few weeks later she got a huge "Brazilian style" party along with cousin Julia, and Zoie and Bia since they weren't in Brazil for their birthday (pictures to be posted later.)

I'm so glad she's my little girl and such a great example to her younger siblings. Love you little lady.

Grandma Ceriz bought her the ENTIRE set of Harry Potter....this girl was in paradise

Opening something marvelous I'm sure.

The morning goodie basket courtesy of auntie Nini--go ahead, drool over the Guarana.

The usual Riley face.

Goodies+Birthday=Big Grins

Her very own sarong so she could stop stealing mine.

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