What a lovely collection of days we had recently, celebrating Spring and the child it brought with it, eight years ago.
Noah turned eight amidst school celebrations for the season, the 2011 Rugby World Cup and - of course - our own family events, acknowledging this little one who has chosen us to be his tribe. We had days of sunshine and breezy warmth, time with family, and time with friends.
Birthday fever began with my No-No's school celebration, where we had lovely affirmations from his classmates and teacher, sharing the things they like about Noah. We learned that he's quite the funny one in his class, and also focused and hardworking (when he's not being funny). The following day was his actual birthday - also the date chosen by our school for their Spring and 21st birthday celebrations. We enjoyed a beautiful Spring festival after a delightful insight into Noah's school days and work. All of the classrooms looked alive and vibrant with the children's work: it was such a privilege to be invited in to their proud school worlds. (We particularly loved the knitted gnomes' variable head sizes.)
We still had enough energy the next day for Choochie's first rugby presentation, followed by an afternoon at Luna Park with one of Noah's favourite friends. For a family who prefers "simple" birthdays, this one was rather loooonnnnng.... however, the birthday child knew that he was celebrated and loved. Noah, we love you with all of our hearts!