That's what she'll tell you right now if you ask her name. Necklace Rainbow Magic. All one word. Her nickname, she says, is Jessie. And she's seven years old. And she ONLY wears "Lady Shoes" (also known as the high heels that have been long-abandoned to the back of Mama's closet).
Oh my baby girl. Annabel turned four yesterday. We've been having fun celebrating her this week - a small party with her bestest little friends here on the weekend, and an outing with the other four year old cousins yesterday (oh how lucky she is to have FOUR cousins her exact age!). It's been such a sweet week, so fitting for her, this growing, funny, smart, extroverted little babe. I will try to spare you the sentimental birthday feelings that I always have, but really, wasn't this just yesterday? I swear it was. But while I get a little teary-eyed thinking about that tiny baby that once was, it is such a pleasure to watch this girl who now is. Four is one of my absolute favorite ages - so curious, so creative, so capable. It's going to be a wonderful year.
For her birthday, Steve and I built Ani (or Necklace Rainbow Magic, rather) a little table for outside her Garden Cottage. It's the "Bigger Kids Picnic Table" by Ana White. It was a breeze to put together, even if it involved cutting angles on the chop saw (I'm a little bit afraid of messing those up). And then it was painted in the pinkest pink that Adelaide could pick out for her sister - pink begonia by Benjamin Moore. The birthday girl was thrilled with her new table and all of its pinkness. And then throw in her new hammock (the kid's rainbow hammock from Nova), and well....I don't think I'll ever get her out of this corner of the garden. I don't blame her a bit.