It's happening. She can out shop me (5 1/2 hrs non stop is her record), out eat me and out cry me. She's beginning to form strong opinions about such important things like clothes, hairstyles, room decorations (somehow HE managed to get himself plastered on her wall) and the intense need for aviator sunglasses.
I can no longer pick her clothes (and to think I used to pride myself on being somewhat of a style conscious mom) If it's not skin tight, sparkly, from Justice or has a peace sign or Justin Bieber reference then forget about it. For all of my momhood I have had a standing rule: no characters on clothes. Period. I have stayed strong and ignored the tears over Disney Princess dresses, Thomas t-shirts and Spiderman hoodies (although I almost caved over the Lightning McQueen light up shoes). In a goodwill gesture I've agreed to character pajamas and underwear, but that's it. But after 9 years I cracked and somehow Kylie convinced me to let her get a Justin Bieber t-shirt (maybe it's because after we saw his movie I developed a slight crush on him too, which is not the least bit creepy). I made her use her own money though, I washed my hands of the act. For the first time I have emberassed her. She was not shy about informing me about how emberassing it is when I talk on the phone because my voice goes an octave (or two, or three...) higher than usual. She gave me strict instructions that I could not emberass her and talk in that voice when her friends came over for her party. I tried to keep my vocal chords in check but when I said "that's my kind of girl" after her friend asked for a second scoop of ice cream, she looked at me mortified and said, "really mom, 'that's my kind of girl'??". I guess I am no longer the cool mom that I thought I was. This is the beginning of the end. And she is only 9. Although 9 freaks me out because that means she is halfway through her childhood. In another 9 short years she will be leaving the nest and I can not even begin to think about that, so I won't. This past year she's done some growing up that I'm not quite ready for, but there are so many things that I am fully embracing right now. I love the great relationship and friendship that we have developed over the past year. We've had some meaningful girl talks and memorable girl's night outs. She is growing up into such a strong and confident girl. Her testimony has really grown this past year, she is such an example to me the way that she reads her scriptures each night, the way she wants to always dress modestly and the way she tries her best to be dilligent on fast Sundays. She is an amazing girl and what a priviledge it is for me to be her mom. Besides, without her I wouldn't have an excuse to listen to Justin Bieber and I wouldn't have anyone to watch the Royal wedding with. Now on to the partying...she really wanted to take some friends on the lake for her party.
then that night we had a pizza and movie party. She requested cheesecake since she decided that she no longer likes birthday cake and Maddox was more than eager to help me make it. A little raw egg is good for the system every now and then, right?
As a P.S....Kylie wouldn't let me forget the birthday interview, so here it is: (notice a Justin Bieber theme?)
-outfit: bright green tank top with the white sweater over it and shorts, "ya know, just a classic look"
-thing to do afterschool: dance and listen to music with friends
-book: "Justin Bieber: Oh Baby" and "Justin Bieber: His World"
-TV show: Good Luck Charlie
-movie: Justin Bieber "Never Say Never"
-song: besides every Justin Bieber song, "Fireworks" by Katy Perry
-things you did when you were 8: being in 3rd grade, going to New York, becoming friends with Alexa and Kaia, getting baptized and having my birthday party.
-Bff's: Marlee, Mia, Kaia and Alexa
-what you want to be when you grow up: pop star, mom or teacher
-goals for this next year: go to a Justin Bieber concert