Monday, November 16, 2009

Happy Birthday, Roo!--a peek at her present.

Seven years ago we FINALLY welcomed Addie into our lives after 26 hours of crummy ol' labor.  You can read that story here.  It was well worth it, and she continues to make life better every single day.

When asked what she wanted for her birthday, my sweet little sensitive Roo just said "I don't know.  I think I'd just like it if people picked out what they thought I might like."  The thought of having to make a list is too troubling for her.  She's happy with whatever.

E and I had a hard time thinking about what to get for her, so we decided on creating an experience rather than getting her a thing.  We did, however, want the kid to have something to open on the actual day; we hoped it would be something that would enhance her experience.

She loved San Francisco when we visited in the spring.  She asked when she could move there.  We talked to her about there being colleges there.  She loved everything about it.  We decided her gift would be to go back for another overnight trip.

In order to build the anticipation a little bit and give her something to do, I bought a blank sketchbook which I filled with some fun little things.  I have to say I was inspired by Oma of Travelin' Oma's travel posts and her daughter, Marta's (of m writes) handmade journals.

Here's a little peek at Roo's book:

Front page

Letter I wrote to her about the trip

next page, explaining what the book is for...

The book is divided into three sections--Before you go, Your trip, and after we get back.  The picture is of the DeYoung museum, which we're going to visit.

One of her favorite activities--creating lists with check marks.

On some of the pages I made little writing prompts with pictures.

Golden Gate Bridge page

Second divider page

Last divider page

I'm such a proud Mommy today--I sure wish I didn't have to leave her to go teach tonight, but the time will go by quickly, and there's a pot of beans in the crockpot... MMmmmm... hopefully I'll get some cornbread made to go with it and I can enjoy the rest of this happy day with the fam.

Good night!


  1. Very Crafty! That's an awesome present she'll keep forever.

  2. I LOVE this gift idea! I think I would have loved this as a kid!

    ....I would love it if someone made this for me now as an adult... Maybe I'll make one for my month in LI...



  3. You picked a perfect present for her. She's going to love the trip and using her journal to capture the memories. 7 already, WOW!

  4. You're such a great mom! I know Addie has been blessed with your creativity and love for the written word amongst other things. She will treasure this for a long time!!!

  5. This is such a great idea! I might copy it sometime (like Christmas, for my husband.) Thanks for sharing!

  6. Heather,

    Thanks for making me cry! ;)


  7. That is such a wonderful idea for a birthday gift! I remember all the trips and stuff we used to do as a family much more than the gifts. I definitely would have LOVED this as a kid! I remember begging my parents to take me to the exploratorium there and having the time of my life.
    Hope you guys have an amazing time!