God created the world in Seven Days
Some say Seven is His perfect number - that is not my debate so take it for what it's worth
To us it is an important number and thus one we celebrate. Now we don't celebrate all birthdays equally in our household : We have specific numbers : 3,5, 7, 10, 13, 16, 18, 21, 25, after 25 the kids are on their own any way well really in this house after 18 but that's another blog, another day
So Today is MasonMarie's Seventh Birthday! She actually has a lot of 7s in her life she was 7.7lbs at birth 21 inches (7x 3 - 3 being another important number) so while we are not or at least try not to be superstitious 7 is important.
I believe seven is a proper age that MasonMarie is really no longer a "little girl" rather she is becoming a young lady. Not quite there but she is working at it.
So she will be granted a few more freedoms : more invovelment in clothing, activites choices, she chose the decorating and design scheme for her room and she will be consulted a bit more on family decisions.
She also will have more responsibilities: three designated chores, supervisory postions on her sibling chores, room responsibilites (ie maintance and cleaning) and doing her own hair.
So we Selebrate Seven! (I know I have a thing for aliteration - it borders manic or madening) Now I have been planning this since she was born - ask her godmother or my husband. I knew exactly what we were going to do : Have a Girls Only Day at American Girl Store and Cafe in Manhattan! Seven was the perfect age she will be old enough to read the books and understand the charachters - this also will help foster a love of reading as she connects the experience to these books and I have made a commitment to help her read through all of them. She won't be so big that playing with doll will be somewhat passe so seven was perfect.
We have talked about if for a long while and she knows this is a big year also. Life being what it is we can not go to the Cafe on her birthday and have pushed it back for later but we still are having a Selebration! We even gave her the choice and she chose a cookout/party.
Its also the first time she has ever got to celebrate her birthday with her class as school usually starts after her birthday but Labor Day being pushed back a week. She finally gets to have her class party. She doesn't know it yet but 3:00 we will show up with cupcakes and candles and she will be sooo thrilled.
The actual party is on DJ's birthday but he is still so young I don't think he will mind and he is turning 2 so it is an "off year" for him so he will actually benefit by sharing in the celebration because it would have been family only for him. Don't get me wrong off years - don't mean you get nothing - its just not a big Theme Party. Although poor Kyrie her's have been overshadowed a couple of times - there was the Flood for her first birthday, and Josiah was born the day before her second birthday so I was in the hospital - althought Titi Doris made it more fabulous than I probably could have. Having all the birthdays so close together does somewhat cause a problem but most of the big years are staggered; although there will be a bump when MasonMarie turns 10 and DJ turns 5 but we will cross that bridge when we get to it.
The way I see it before five they really don't have a truly cognitive memory of celebrations. So a fabulous party for a two year old is more for myself as the parent than the child- and I personally don't need the stress or expense. So we have our banner years and the rest are familial celebrations with a note to close friends like "we're having some cake, if you would like to swing by and hang out". It works for us - plus each banner year is marked with new responsibities and rewards. (I'll detail those on a different page)
My baby is Seven! Complete with eye rolls and a dead pan "Mom I'm not a Baby!" The time flew. I bless God for the wonder that is MasonMarie.
How do you Selebrate Seven? What responsibilites and rewards do you hold your seven year old to?