Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Amber's Magical 10th Birthday!

Today my beautiful blond daughter turned 10. Double digits! How did that happen? For more than a month, Eric and I have kept a secret from Amber about her birthday. At times, I thought I would burst if I didn't tell her. You see, Amber is a HUGE fan of the book series "Magic Tree House." Two years ago, there was a Magic Tree House Musical touring the nation, and we didn't find out about it until it was over. A month ago, I learned that the main actors from the musical, who play Jack and Annie, were touring the country, meeting fans, stamping books and performing three songs from the musical. I looked at the tour schedule, hoping there would be an event even remotely close to us, since nothing comes to our little town. I was delighted to discover that an event was taking place in Santa Monica, about 90 minutes from Ojai. I was thrilled to find out that the event was on Amber's actual birthday: today!

Amber never got wind of the tour and so this morning, as soon as she woke up, we told her where we were going. She was so happy she cried. Literally. Then she jumped up and down and thanked us profusely through her tears. Did I mention she is a HUGE fan? We quickly ate breakfast and piled into the car. Eric drove us down the beautiful Highway 1 to Santa Monica. When we arrived at Wilshire Boulevard, and I saw the big Magic Tree House touring bus parked outside Barnes & Noble Bookstore, I started to point to it and cry. "Are you really crying?" Eric asked me as we passed the bus. I couldn't even speak. I was so happy that we could do this for Amber. Turning 10 is a big milestone and we couldn't have planned the day any better.

Before the event started, I secretly mentioned to the tour manager that it was Amber's 10th birthday, and he said he would have Jack and Annie wish her a happy birthday during their performance. They did, and Amber was beaming. After the performance, book signing and photos, we walked one block over to the country's largest farmer's market that just happens to be every Wednesday. We walked up and down the streets and even saw a friend in one of the produce booths. After that, we got in the car and headed home, eating our picnic lunch as we drove. We had planned to go to the beach, but it was too windy and cold.

Back at home, we invited the neighborhood children over in the late afternoon for cupcakes and outdoor games. Amber is also a huge "Brave" fan, and so I made target cupcakes, organic and chemical-free because I used beet juice to color the icing for the target circles.


It was a fun, fun, fun day and I am tired, tired, tired! But it was worth it. It is a day I doubt any of us will ever forget. Happy birthday, my sweet daughter!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

My Blondies

When you add a blond wig to Autumn, the two girls look more like sisters!