Today's the day! At long last, Zoë finally turned six years old! She's been looking forward to this day for a long time. It was a pretty good day for her but she's disappointed that (a) she has no wiggly teeth yet (she checked each and every one of them this morning), and (b) we won't be starting our new school year tomorrow (though if she really wants to get started I don't have a problem letting her break in a few of her workbooks; the other kids aren't ready to dive back in, however).
We had stake conference in the morning, which was lovely (we watched from home), then we had lunch, and then Zoë got to open her presents.
Zoë was so excited about opening presents that she just about forgot to read. When we made her pause before tearing into things to see who her gift was from she read out, "Unk and Antle Kallen!"
The card read: Auntie K and Uncle Allen."
They sent a set of unicorn books and some new "transgression" lipstick.
Naanii sent a lovely mermaid dress for Zoë (she was very excited about the tag, which had a cute little fox on it (I think)):
Here's a picture of Benjamin anxiously awaiting his birthday and thinking about all the presents he wants:
Miriam picked out a little LEGO Friends cube for Zoë, which she paid for with her hard-earned money (she's been teaching piano lessons for the last little while). Miriam has always loved giving gifts and she's been so excited about spending her own money to get gifts for her siblings. She is such a giving person (I am naturally quite...parsimonious...) so I had to help her set a realistic budget for how much she might want to spend on any given present (so that she can still save up for bigger items that she wants (like a trip to Europe one day)) otherwise she would have blown through everything she has saved in no time. But it's always sweet to watch Miriam take such care to make birthdays and holidays special.
Miriam also gave Zoë a mermaid necklace (that she got from Rachel and which Rachel original got from a school treasure box) and made a beautiful card for Zoë.
She hums and she sings,
Makes piano keys ring.
Her music makes everyone linger.