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Ruthie turned 7 on January 15th and we celebrated by going to visit her buddy Squirt- the pony she rode back in the summer during Horse Camp. Squirt was all shaggy for winter and really thrilled to see us, as you can tell. Ruthie has asked and asked to go back and visit him and get Daddy to meet him, so we surprised her and made the trip out to the stables.
After dinner at Ruthie's favorite Mexican restaurant we celebrated with a "Misty of Chincoteague" cake and the blowing out of 7 candles.
Then we snuggled up on the couch and watched the movie "Misty of Chincoteague" with a delighted 7 year old. As you can see, she is not over her horse phase, but now she is reading everything she can get her hands on about horses and dreaming of the day when she can get back in the saddle. She is growing up into such a tender-hearted and sweet young lady- full of spunk and tearing all the knees out of her pants, climbing her new favorite tree in the yard, riding her scooter and reading voraciously. She adores her baby brother and is very attentive and loving to all of her brothers- only occasionally lamenting the lack of a sister. She is back into ballet and really enjoying it more than last time, and with a new determination and maturity about it. Ruthie is a darling daughter and we are so thankful for 7 wonderful years!
A couple of weeks after her actual birthday we celebrated at the American Girl Store with two of her sweet friends, Sarah and Julia. The girls ate dinner and chatted, along with their dolls...
...and shared a pretty little cake...