7 Years Old..... / by Julie Cruz

Wow, wasn't I just announcing her 6th birthday? :( Tomorrow is a jam packed day/night for us, so I knew that if I didn't get a blog post up tonight, it might not make it's way up until Monday or so. PJ (Paige Jamieson, for those who have ever wondered) will officially be 7 at 12:50pm tomorrow (or today, depending on when you read this), on Friday, March 16th. I still can't believe it. If I wasn't helping in her class all day, I would stay home and cry all day. Just kidding (ok, maybe i'm not). It seems like just yesterday I was in the hospital, holding her in my arms thinking "wow, I can't believe we made this". I still remember feeling her roll and kick inside of my belly for the first time. I remember her first real smiles and laughs. I remember her "crazy rooster hair" when she was a baby. I remember the day she started crawling, and the day she started walking. I remember her first plane ride (to Maui). I remember how when she turned 2 she had to wear a princess dress, tutu, tiara, etc every.single.day. I remember the first time she really played the drums...and shocked all of us (she's got daddy's rhythm and musical talents for sure). I remember her very first modeling gig (it was for Carter's....and one of the photos took up a whole window in stores!). I remember the day she learned how to ride a bike (thanks to my niece and a $20 bribe (that if she could teach her, we would give her $20). I remember the day she jumped in a pool and swam across it. I could go on, and on, and on........but if I do, this blog post really might be posted on Monday ;) Anyways, here we are 7 years later. She loves Gilbert (her giraffe that she got after her surgery at Children's Hospital back in September after a crazy accident at school), giraffes (thanks to Gilbert), reading books (and she's at a 3rd grade reading level!...even though she's only in 1st grade!), riding her bike, Lalaloopsy dolls, clothes (oh yes, she looooves her clothes/fashion - haha), going to the beach, swimming, going to photo shoots (although things have been super slow for her lately), dancing (as you'll see in some photos below...and yes, that's the sprinkler ;)), etc. She's just an easy going kid (with a few bossy moments here and there.....but hey, she is MY kid after all ;) haha) and one of my favorite things about her is how thankful she is. I'll be the first to admit that she's spoiled....but even despite that, she always says thank you....even for the most random and small things...like "thank you for letting me get a donut today, mommy", "thank you for taking off my nail polish, mommy", "thank you for letting me watch one more show, daddy", etc. The amount of love I have for her is insane. Those of you without kids are probably rolling your eyes at this. Those of you with kiddos know exactly what I mean. The years go by fast enough as is, but when you have kids, they seem to just FLY by. Time is precious, so spend it with those you love. Happy 7th Birthday, PJ. We love you......