Today is a very important family date for two events.
Firstly, it's Thea's 11th Birthday. She is my one and only niece and I'd like to wish her a very happy day as she begins her twelfth year in this life.
Eleven is a fabulous number to be - we all know that both Harry Potter and Anne Shirley will tell you it's when life finally starts to get interesting. It's also Nigel's favourite number, and for the most part he's pretty smart.
Thea has always been a little traveler, so far due mostly to her parents. I've been encouraging her to board a plane alone and come for a visit and this summer might just see that happen!
at one (Granny made the sweater, it has scottie dogs all around the border, so sweet):
Thea's always been a helpful child and keen to be part of the workings of her house and family. It makes me smile when I see her love of orderliness because I know that's something she and I share.
Thea at one and a half:
and at four (if only my kids would pick up a broom!):
Thea is also showing an aptitude for art, especially sculpture. She's a whiz with Fimo, making me a wee skeleton at Hallowe'en and also made a Western Wall that Jane showed on her blog. Very fine detail, I just love them!
Unlike the women on our side of the family (most of us are shaped like pears - some larger fruits than others) Thea inherited a lean and lithe figure from her Dad's side. The perfect shape for all kinds of clothes. Thea's taste in clothing is quite sophisticated, rather than the typical pouffy dress most young girls would choose, Thea has consistently chosen elegantly tailored suits for all her formal occasions since she was quite small.
at seven, looking very sharp in my favourite kind of fashion:
For her birthday this year I sent a little parcel that combines the Domestic Arts with a little fashion. A little cupcake cookbook, some measuring cups (green silicone, very nice), a set of silicone muffin cups (I've never tried these, but they look very cool) and an apron I made from a wonderful pattern by Montessori By Hand called The Emmeline Apron. The apron is reversible, making it very versatile. Here's Elly modelling for us all,
I made one side polka dots:
and the other side fish:
Happy Happy Birthday Thea!
Secondly and, I think my siblings would agree with me, far more astonishingly, today is my parents fiftieth wedding anniversary. Due to all the hard work, compromise and sacrifice a marriage involves, I don't know how any survive for fifty years, but my parents are among the few. Curiously, I think my Mum will notice how their married life mirrors a bit of this post, as it's been fifty years filled with travel and cooking and cleaning (at least for her).
A Very Happy 50th Anniversary to both of you!