Eight!

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A birthday surprise!

Maia turned eight yesterday! As birthdays go, this one seemed pretty special, but then I guess they all do.

Here are a few photos from the day and the weekend…

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Maia cooked and decorated her own birthday cake (with a little help), as she did last year, this time opting for a chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream frosting, strawberries, and chocolate embellishments.

The chocolate butterfly is an idea I found via Pinterest (except we did it free hand with bittersweet chocolate on parchment paper). We had extra chocolate so made some more flowers, little butterflies, and hearts.

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Maia’s friend Marlise visited from out of town and she and Maia painted Daphne’s face.

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Then asked me to paint theirs.

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Maia requested brownie pops as a birthday treat to bring in to her class, after seeing them over my shoulder on my Pinterest party board.

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The combination of sugar and birthday excitement made Maia leap and jump with just a tad bit more energy than usual.

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(Despite all the calm-looking photos I usually post, this is actually fairly normal energy level for her.)

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Once she settled down, she opened the big box I had waiting for her after school.

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It was a box of balloons, yet another idea found via Pinterest.

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Instead of taping the bouquet of helium balloons to the bottom of the box, though, I tied them around a star suncatcher I made for Maia.

(Maia is named after the Greek goddess Maia, one of the seven sisters who were transformed into the Pleiades star cluster.)

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Of course the big box was just as much of a hit as the balloons.

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Happy birthday Maia darling! You are such a bright star in my life!

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    Sarah m
    August 28, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I love all the little details, Jean, including Maia’s beautiful birthday cake! What a treat to get to decorate your own cake. Happy Birthday to Maia!
    Sarah M

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    Catherine Phipps
    August 28, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Happy Birthday Maia!!!!! Can’t believe how grown up she is looking!

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    Megan
    August 28, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    That is so sweet! I love the balloon idea, especially with the suncatcher. It’s so amazing to see how she has grown after reading your blog for 4 years now. Congrats on raising such a lovely little girl :)

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    gidgets bookworms
    August 28, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    happy birthday Maia, what a wonderful birthday and myth for a pretty name and girl.
    Her energy level is the same as my almost 8 year old girl :)
    My oldest turns 13 Friday! 13 I can’t believe it.
    Hope she has a wonderful year.

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    Heather Collins
    August 28, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Beautiful post. Happy Birthday Maia! I love the idea of the box of balloons :)

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    Agnes
    August 29, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday to Maia! I love her cake and the balloon surprise. My eldest turned 8 in June; it’s a very sweet age.

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    [email protected]
    August 30, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Hi Jean, what an awesome birthday, love your photos. Thank you so much for sharing your joy, your blog always makes me happy. Anjali xxx

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    Tamara Balderas
    August 31, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Oh, Jean! Eight?! What a Beautiful Birthday! Happy Birthday, Maia! :)

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    molly
    September 11, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Happy Birthday (belated) Maia! We’ve been out of the loop for a couple of weeks here but wishing you the very best now and always. xo

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