Monday, January 25, 2010

happy birthday sabin!

summer moments

our pooka turns 9 today. last year, i did a photo retrospective of her year of being 7, but with the iMac in the shop, i don't have my full photo library at my disposal at the moment.  no sense duplicating oneself anyway. i can see that she traveled a bit less at 8 than she did at 7, but that's got to do with my job change, the general global slow-down and our growing concerns about the environment. still, she did get to go to the west coast of denmark a couple of times and she added ireland to her list of places she's been and we did make it to singapore, so it's not as if she didn't get on a plane at all.


running along the beach at the southernmost point of the asian continent.
(probably artificial, it was, after all, singapore)

you could say it was the year of the converse for sabin. she got red hightops, silver lowtops and some with a print. the silver ones are by far the coolest - you can't go wrong with silver leather.



she started riding lessons soon after she turned 8 and they have been a highlight of her year for sure. in fact, they're the catalyst for us changing our entire lifestyle - putting the house up for sale, making plans to move to a farm - all of which will undoubtedly happen while she's 9.

after the jump

it's so strange to think of how little you know when the year starts out. we may think that things don't really change or feel impatience with the pace at which they change sometimes, but they change a great deal all the time. over the past year, sabin's grown like a bad weed, she's become more confident and self-assured. she's definitely a 'tween now, caring a bit more about clothes and what's on television. but in many ways, she's still our little girl and we have to remember to enjoy that while we can, as those teenage years are surely looming on the horizon.

i can't really predict at this moment what her 9th year will hold, but i'm looking forward to watching it unfold.

happy birthday, pooka.

28 comments:

Elisabelle said...

Happy birthday Sabin!
It never ceases to amaze me to watch my son grow up...

MissBuckle said...

Happy birthday Sabin! Enjoy those cupcakes.

jude said...

there is nothing like it...enjoy each and every scary minute. she is lovely.

Fred Matos said...

Yes. Happy birthday, Sabin.

Sammi said...

Happy Birthday Sabin, enjoy your day!

Barb said...

Happy Birthday, Sabin. I love that first picture of her. What an infectious smile! My middle child is 8. It is a year of changes. Enjoy!

Jeanne Klaver said...

Sabin looking so much the horse woman. Isn't it wonderful when they find what they love? She'll have a great year.

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Hope you have a very special day, Sabin.

Best
Tracy :)

B said...

Happy birthday to Sabin! That photo of her on the horse is so cool!

McVal said...

Happy Birthday! My youngest just turned 10 a few weeks ago. Sabin looks awesome on that horse!

Jodi Anderson said...

Happy birthday to your Sabin. Nine is such a wonderful age for a girl to be. Best wishes to all!

Cyndy said...

Happy Birthday, Sabin! It has been our privilege being able to watch you grow up so beautifully! I would sing for you, but I would not want to ruin your day!

I remember nine as being an age of waiting ~ just waiting to be double digits!

Esmerelda said...

Happy Birthday Sabin!

The Fragrant Muse said...

Nine is a lovely lovely age. Funny how many people who've never met Sabin adore her!

Happy Birthday to your Pooka!

trinsch said...

happy birthday to sabin!

these photos are all so beautiful, happy and full of light.

SaraReno said...

Happy Birthday little miss!

discounderworld said...

Pass on my condolences. I remember being 9... one away from double figures... I think I had a horse then too. Called Pepe, didn't go any faster than a trot. That's how my mum liked it...

Ju said...

Lovely pics and happy birthday Sabin.:)

Gwen said...

Man, she looks so happy in all those pictures, like bursting with inexpressible joy. Happy birthday, indeed!

Char said...

she's such a wonderful child from all that i see - curious, bright, self confident...

great job mom! (and dad)

i hope each year is just the best ever.

Maggie May said...

Happy Birthday!!

dogimo said...

No way Silver Chucks!

That's like a birthday every day you can wear those.

Happy birthday, Sabin!

Marilynne said...

Happy Birthday to Sabin. What a nice thing for you to put on your blog in honor of her birthday. You should save them for her so she can see it when she's all grown.

Joanna Jenkins said...

HAPPY 9th BIRTHDAY SABIN!
You are GORGEOUS!!!!!
xo

Mnemosyne said...

Happy Belated Birthday. Sorry I missed it! She's just beautiful!!

Tara Thayer said...

happy (belated) birthday to sabin.
you hit something so right, julie. that while we're in it, change seems to happen so slowly, but of course, then, we look back and marvel about how time flies and all the changes that have transpired.
best wishes, mom-to-tween.
xo
tara

Protege said...

Happy belated birthday to your beautiful girl.;)
xo
Zuzana

Bee said...

I love these sweet pictures of Sabin. I'm sorry that my birthday wishes for her are BELATED!

I think that blogging makes us so much more aware of how much a year contains. Without some means of keeping track, all of our little footsteps get washed away.