now we are 6….and also 15!

Iain’s birthday sweater; Mairi’s birthday sweater; tutu pattern; Rosebud’s hat

She grew 2 1/2″ in the last year, he grew 3.  No one warned me how strange it would be to be looking at my child and speaking to my child and to have him all of the sudden answer me back in an entirely new voice.

She made the candles for her cake.  The cake itself was a surprise.  This lovely confection was the inspiration, like a Beatrix Potter tea party.  When we go for walks she likes to leap and skip ahead.  I call her my little prancing deer.  “Look at me Mama!  What am I?”  You are my darling, my sweetheart, my love, my little prancing deer.

The day itself was mostly about her.  We went skating, which made them both happy.  He had a father/son movie double date a few days before and a sledding party coming up this week, more elaborate celebrations that somehow feel more private.

Her hat was actually a Christmas gift.  I made it on a whim a while back.  We accidentally got a newer edition of Milly-Molly-Mandy from the library, which I had never seen before.  In it Milly-Molly-Mandy wore a pale pink beret, just like the one I had made.  Only hers had a pom-pom.  Mairi said it was the pom-pom that made it cute.  And that is how her simple hat got a last minute, pre-gifting make over.

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11 thoughts on “now we are 6….and also 15!

  1. christina gomez

    I understand about your son completely! Mine except for my 10 year old tower over me at almost 19 and 14. They have hairy legs, and sound like men. It must of happened over night! I can’t believe Mari is 6 already! What a beautiful girl! I live her outfit. She is right, the pom pom makes the hat! Christina

  2. MamaAshGrove

    W0wee, 15 years old! I can hardly believe it, and I thought to myself “hmm, I thought he was closer in age to my girl.” Well she’s going to be 14 in less than 3 months. . . took me by surprise, it did!
    Miss Mairi Rose looks very pleased with her cake. :) And she looks wonderful in her skating outfit!
    Happy Birthday!

  3. Heather

    She’s wearing her hat! She does look adorable – the sweater turned out beautifully -both sweaters!

  4. Taisa

    6 and 15! How on earth is that possible? Happy birthday to your loves, and big hugs to you. I’ve been out of the blog loop for a long time, but I miss this lovely little corner of family goodness! Sending lots of warm thoughts and birthday wishes!

  5. Victoria

    I have been reading your blog for a while now (maybe 2 years?) and have never commented as I am a little shy, but this lovely sweater you have knitted for your boy is so lovely I just had to comment! And you have a very handsome 15 year old, I am sure he will be breaking some hearts in no time :) All the best to you and your family! xxx

  6. Dee

    Happy Belated Birthday to your two! My eldest and youngest will be 15 and 6 this year. Sometimes, I hear my 14 y/o’s voice from afar and wonder when a strange man entered my house. Then I remember it’s him!

  7. Stephanie B

    You always make the most beautiful sweaters, and knitted goods in general. I have no idea how you find the time, my dear. It is truly inspirational. <3

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