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Documenting life's beauty, as seen through the eyes of a lady blessed with everything a girl could dream of, and more: five gorgeous kids, patient and providing husband, an adorable dog, a very cheeky frog, and still time enough to get crafty and creative in the kitchen or with my trusty needles, thread and yarn!
The joys of being Queen of the household! Rejoice, and the world joins in!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Mimi's taking on 20!

She caught me by surprise! And now she's the big 2-0! Don't daughters grow up just too quickly, and all you want to do is say "Wait! Stay in that frock just a little longer! Let me put those ribbons back in your hair!" but there they've gone and got all grown up...

I've seen three little girls go from messy-ice-cream-afternoons to tea-and-home-baked-coffee-cakes. I've watched them graduate from pigtails to each of their signature hairstyles. And I've definitely been their biggest fan since the 90's! So of course it thrills me to bits when another one of them turns a year older, and what more when a certain someone hits that big ol' milestone... it's the giant hullabaloo T-W-E-N-T-Y for our Mimi!

We had a giant slice of very yummy early birthday cake at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo last week. (Phew, I'm still recovering from the unpacking! Yes, we did THAT much shopping! ... LOL! - an appropriate time to use this internet interjection, I think! Thinking about all that shopping does make me LOL!)

We found Mimi a perfect pal in this little Bobby Dazzler! His tag in the boutique read "I know the words to all the musicals!" Cute, I said, we've got to get him now! Mimi's a big fan of musicals. We all are!

To my all-grown-up Mimi, on your big day:
 The years ahead are full of promise, and you're just getting started. I can't wait to see where life takes you! Go your own way, but always remember this: The shiniest accessory a girl can have is a smile... so grin always, laugh often, and never ever sweat the small stuff!
 Go boldly into the future, my talented daughter with the perfect hair :)

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger

May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens

Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance... I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance

  Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance

 When you get the choice to sit it out or dance,
(psst... and we all know you're quite the dancer!)

Congratulations, Mimi! And shine on, you crazy, crazy diamond girl :)

Love always
Your momma Yol

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