Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Eight is Great

We've had a busy few weeks of celebrating Rebekah turning 8.
When we were talking about her turning 8 a few weeks ago, I came up with the phrase "Eight is Great". Well it ryhmes, it's catchy and it's a great proclamation about being 8, so it stuck! We've been saying it a lot over the past few weeks during which she celebrated her birthday with not one but two parties and one special family day (with Daddy taking the day off work on her birthday).
Being an only child certainly has it's advantages.
I think we should stop calling it birthday and call it birthweek or birthmonth!

So, the sequence of events went as follows:

A Sylvanian Family afternoon tea party with her friends.

It was really difficult to narrow down the numbers. She has heaps of good friends but for space issues we sadly couldn't accommodate them all. (She's already decided that her next party is going to be bigger as she wants to invite all her friends and not have to leave anyone out!) Yes, I did get out some of my nice china for the party despite the fact that the youngest attendee was 4! I'm pleased to report that nothing was broken in the course of the afternoon. One of the great things about homeschooling is the fact that Rebekah has friends of all ages. The youngest as mentioned was 4 and the oldest girl who attended was 11. It didn't make it difficult in anyway. In fact, they all sat around the dining table chatting like little ladies for a whole 20 minutes:) They understandably got bored of that after a while and played like little girls do with dolls and other things after a couple of organised games by yours truly!

A special family day on her actual birthday. Ron took the day off work and we spent the day together. A homeschool science workshop happened to fall on her birthday and it was fun to attend as a family! Lunch at McDonalds had to be done as it was her birthday wish and then a bush walk in the Blue Mountains where we probably burned off some of those calories only to put them back on again with a lovely dinner at my mum's place!

The following weekend we had another party, this time for all of my family! We squeezed 14 of us into our little house but my family are pretty easy going and didn't mind it.

Now, I think I'll go and have a lie down, but not for long as I'm now working on re-registering her with the Board of Studies!
Yes, our two year registration period as homeschoolers is coming to an end soon. I can't believe two years has already passed. I wrote about my first registration experience two years ago here. Coincidentally, that post was about Rebekah's sixth birthday (in case you read it). While I've grown in confidence in homeschooling, registration still seems like an 'exam' to me and I have a few nerves about it all, hoping we 'pass' again:) I'm hoping this will not be the case the next time I have to register her. We'll have to wait and see on that one I guess!


Beloved's Bride said...

This is so exciting! Eight is Great! I agree too. I adore my eight year old. It is such a sweet special age. How lovely to celebrate all week with different activities. Happy Birthday, Rebekah!

Ganeida said...

8 is super great. Happy birthday to Rebekah

Sarah said...

What a wonderful eighth birthday for your precious daughter. Happy birthday to you Rebekah! Lovely photos Rosemary! xxx

Susan (HomeGrownKids) said...

HapPy BiRtHdAy Rebekah! I agree with your mum - 8 is great!

And I love your pretty, white dress. It is gorgeous! White really suits you. :)

^^Rosemary, would you pass that on to Rebekah please?

And wrt registration- you'll be fine. I'm sure you know that. But it's still a time when we get a ball of knots in the stomach. :)

All the best,

Ruby said...

A very happy belated birthday to Rebekah! What a lovely young girl she is.
I'm sure all will go well with the registration. We are with a DE school so don't have that hassel but I still get a little concerned when we have to send in our work returns.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday gorgeous girl. 8 really is great x0

joyfulmum said...

Thanks Ladies:) I will pass on your wishes and compliments (Susan):)

Mai said...

Sounds like a wonderful bunch of celebrations! Happy birthday Rebekah!

Btw, I am sure you're going to 'pass' registration with flying colours! xxx

Joluise said...

Wow, what great birthday celebrations Rebekah had for her 8th birthday. She looked so pretty all dressed up for her party and had such a lovely smile :)


tea said...

Aw, what a special celebration. She looks so grown up, and I love her birthday dress! :)

I hope the registration goes well!!

Eve said...

Rebekah looks so happy, it looks like she had a Happy Birthday! The cake looks delicious and what a pretty tea table.

Rebecca said...

I totally missed this post - happy VERY belated birthday to your darling daughter. She is SO gorgeous! It looks like all the girls enjoyed the party - well done Mum!

Joyfulmum (Rosemary) said...

Thanks Rebecca:)