This is what 11 looks like…

Amelia with her birthday cake - 11 candles
Today Amelia turned 11.  Wow.  We have been parents for 11 years, I can’t believe it.  Amelia, who was our tiny, little, first baby, is a happy, healthy, talented, caring, imaginative big girl.

Amelia with her birthday cake and siblings

Sometimes I look at my family and I feel like I have won the lottery.  We are so lucky that this ordinary life is ours.  It is everything we ever wanted.

Amelia riding her new bike
In so many ways, Amelia is a chip off the old block, but with plenty of her own quirks thrown in for variety’s sake.  She crafts the most detailed little drawings, loves eating raw pasta, spends many happy hours playing with my button collection, hates to get her fingers dirty, (unless she is cooking) and quite unlike her parents – has amazing will power to save her sweets until later!  She was pretty excited about the bike we had waiting downstairs for her this morning, which she had to wait until after school to try out.

Amelia in the beanbag Grandma made for her room

Here is Amelia in the beanbag her Grandma made her, for her birthday.  Amelia was pretty impressed with Mum’s fabric selection, in her favorite shades of aqua, to co-ordinate perfectly with her bedroom.  Mum presented it wrapped in an old sheet, which was a trip down memory lane – a sheet from my childhood bed.

Amelia at 21 months

Here is another trip down memory lane – Amelia, right before she became a big-sister (21 months old).  Happy Birthday Amelia!

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