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Our Baby New Year Turns Nine

leela ear piercingYesterday I had planned a thoughtful moving post to share with you right before the New Year. And then I fell asleep at 10:00pm. Because that’s how I roll these days. Are you jealous? I didn’t think so.

I still want to share my thoughts about last year and this year to come, but for now I’m going to share some pictures from our day today. Leela turned nine years old. Six of those years she’s been pestering me to get her ears pierced. So, today was the day that was going to end the nagging.

Leela could hardly contain herself as we were driving to the mall. Feet swinging, ponytail bobbing and lots of nervous laughter. She practically skipped to the store. When we got there we all froze in our tracks. The store was closed. Horrors.

It took a moment before we noticed the glaring pink note that said “back in five minutes”. As far as Leela was concerned, that meant five hours. She stood there with her nose pressed to the storefront.

piercedAbout twenty minutes later we were good to go. Two new holes in her head and nary a tear in sight, we went out to celebrate…..

the kidsAt Target. Popcorn and slushies for all. Clearance shopping for mom. Aren’t we fancy?

photo-541A few hours later we went out for Leela’s big birthday dinner. She chose Texas Roadhouse because they offer buckets of free peanuts as an appetizer. I think she likes to crack them open more than she actually likes eating them.

Upon entering the restaurant I saw a sign that had a list of kid’s activities for the month. I chuckled when I saw the duct tape night. We might have to come back to see what that’s all about. I’m sure hilarity will ensue.

me and the girlsA quick girls self portrait before the ribs and hot sauce. The after picture wasn’t nearly as nice.

I have to tell you, I really like Texas Roadhouse for family dining. The food is quite good, especially the ribs. The free hot buttered rolls and peanuts aren’t a bad touch either. But most of all, I like the atmosphere. It’s just a fun place to dine as a family.

I know Jeff is missing from the picture, but he was there. The only picture I have of him is one with a peanut perched on his upper lip looking like a mustache, but I’m not going to embarrass him by sharing it. Though I’m totally tempted.

leela cakeWe ended our day with birthday cake. A very sweet ending to a very lovely day. So, now we have two nine year olds. That is, until six weeks from now when we celebrate Shannon’s 10th birthday. Hopefully that will fall on duct tape night at Texas Roadhouse because I’m dying to see what that’s all about!

Happy Birthday Leela! We love you!


  1. Happy birthday Leela! My daughter will be 9 on the 10th! She’s very excited this year because we announced on Christmas that she and her brother are going to get a baby sister in May.

  2. Happy Birthday Leela!!!
    Your new earrings are almost as pretty as you are!
    – Lee
    P.S. I had to wait until I was 14 to get my ears pierced!

    • Thanks Lee! Yes, I had to wait until I was a little older too. My mom must’ve ignored my nagging longer, lol.

  3. If I could bottle the pure happiness that I heard in Leela’s voice as she told us that she had her ears pierced, we would be very wealthy. Makes me smile again as I type this post. Happy B’day Leela!!!!

    • Lol, yes! She was quite joyful over it, wasn’t she? She is taking great care of her ears and making sure we turn them three times a day as we were instructed to. 🙂

  4. Krista S. says:

    Aww, your kids are so freaking CUTE! I love the pic at Target. I had no idea that your girls are so close in age! Leela’s happiness just totally radiates in the cake picture. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

    • Yes! 10 months apart. Irish twins for sure. Thank you so much for the birthday wishes. She appreciates it!

  5. 🙂 She looks awesome with pierced ears. My daughter loves all the earrings that they have for her pierced ears. Happy birthday little one!

  6. Bobbie P. says:

    Happy Birthday Leela!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday Leela!! Congratulations on the newly pierced ears. I agree, great family shot at Target!

    • Thanks! The kids were in good spirits and getting along.Got to get a picture of that when we see it happen.

  8. Jessica D says:

    Happy Birthday, Leela! I was allowed tiger mine pierced at 8 and I still remember how exciting it was! Too has I hardly ever wear earrings now. Haha.

  9. Jen from Quincy says:

    Happy B-day to Leela! My girls are close in age, too, but not quite as close as yours (13 months apart).

    My guess is that they do crafts with the duct tape on Duct Tape night. My girls have made wallets, bracelets, purses using duct tape. Whatever they do, it’s certainly worth checking out just for the heck of it!

  10. Happy birthday Leela!

    I remember having to wait until my 13th birthday until I could get my ears pierced. Much like Leela, I was stoked when the day finally arrived!

  11. She’s adorable! How exciting. I got my daughter’s ears pierced when she was 6, and she lost one of her earrings a week later. The other earring was lost a few days after that. Needless to say, I should have waited until she turned 9! Glad she had a nice birthday.

  12. Leela is adorable 🙂 (As are your others) She’s a lucky girl, I had to wait til middle school. Now 30+ years later, I hardly ever wer earring. I can’t imagine how she felt when the store was closed. Oh, to be young again.
    Hope your holidays are merry and bright.

    • Thank you Seana. I hope your holidays were wonderful too. 🙂 She is a lucky girl. We are all pretty lucky.

  13. Valerie S says:

    Happy Birthday to your daughter and thank you for sharing this lovely day with us. she must feel so grown up with earrings now. I’m glad to see your family looking so healthy and happy together.

    • Thanks Valerie. She was awfully excited to go back to school to show her friends her new earrings. She even looked an inch taller, lol.

  14. Happy Birthday, Leela!! It looks like a Fantastic day to me as well. (We also hit up the Target Clearance and I got a ton of stuff!)

  15. Happy, Happy Leela Day!
    Your earrings are beautiful and so are you!

  16. Happy Birthday to Miss Leela from another Baby New Year! It looks like you had a most fabulous birthday filled with all of the best kinds of things! =)

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