We had a birthday party for B over the weekend. She is turning 7 shortly, and we had a party a little early due to our planned trip. Pre-Covid, I would have felt compelled (and partially enjoyed) to invite all the girls in her class. She had a class of all girls this year, so that would have been about 14 kids. As it was, we invited five, and she had a great time. We decided to do a pool party this year, which seemed appropriate since we practically lived at the pool this summer. Honestly, it was perfect. Normally with parties I feel worried about entertaining the kids, but kids plus pool is built in entertainment. One of the nice things about the club we belong to is that it has a good size hot tub that they allow kids 6 and up to use. The kids absolutely love it. The girls made cupcakes, and we brought some snacks and that was that.
Bri is just the sweetest child these days. She has always been sweet, maybe the sweetest of my three girls. She insists on a kiss and hug from me every night and won’t go to sleep until she gets it, no matter how late. (I say goodnight to them, but she insists on Round #2.) She is still young enough to do all kinds of silly things you might think a nearly 7-year-old would have grown out of. Sometimes it’s hard to know who’s creating trouble – Bri or S.
Bri can and will talk a blue streak. If she’s with other people be they family or kids or coaches, she’s talking a blue streak. (It’s a wonder she manages to stay quiet at school.) When she meets someone new, she’ll always be chatting away to them before you know it.
She still worries about things, though. For example, she used to get very nervous before her swim meets. I would tell her that as long as she didn’t actually drown, that I considered that a fantastic success, but she felt pressure from somewhere to do well. She was just adorable in her swim team bathing suit, cap and goggles.
Bri still looks up to her big sister and just wants to be included in L’s games and activities. She feels bad if she’s left out of a playdate her big sister participates in, and she loves L’s friends almost as much as her own. She also loves being a big sister to S and is always trying to mother her. Sometimes they are the best of friends. Otherwise it’s honestly hazardous to S’s health.
In some ways, Bri is a chip off the old block. There is nothing she likes better than reading. If there are no playdates or outings to be had, you’ll find Bri reading somewhere, guaranteed. Her latest thing is reading various comics, like Garfield. If she’s not reading, her favorite thing to do is listen to an audiobook. (She particularly loves Hello, Universe, which I recommend.)
I let her use my phone to listen to audiobooks, and I was pretty amused to find this picture uploaded to my Google photos. I have my phone set up to take a photo if you say “smile” and have the photo app open, which apparently took B by surprise. So cute.