Monday, September 21, 2009

Another year older and grouchier as ever!

I'm gonna blame it on not feeling well and not just a 7 year old phase (at least that is what I am hoping!). Morgan woke up extra-grouchy on her birthday. She was awake most of the night and the next few nights with a cold and croup. She was in a bad mood all day. I tried to explain to her that it was her birthday and most kids spend the day happy and excited, not ornery and mean. She didn't care. I've taken some editorial liberties and decided to only post the pics and videos of a happier girl.

Birthday morning. We sang Happy Birthday to her and then had cake for breakfast. I didn't get best mom award by being a healthy cook (or for any reason, actually)! We were rushed.

She was very excited to get a new bike, until she kept getting stuck in the kitchen while trying to ride it around the island.

I loved going into her classroom and seeing all of the kids excited to see me-- "It's Morgan's mom!" and all of them being so kind and cute with Morgan! She loved having all of the attention for her birthday song and then she passed out her treat (ice cream sandwiches) to all of her friends.

Birthday party at Jungle Jim's (an indoor mini-amusement park) with some of her cousins and friends.

No interest in posing for this group picture

lack of interest is a little more obvious in this picture

She loved her cake!

and loved the rides

even the fast elephant roller coaster!

She lost her front tooth 3 days before her 7th birthday

We received some exciting news from her school on her birthday. The resource teacher called to let me know the school was approved 2 aides (a morning and afternoon aide). Which means Morgan will be able to do full inclusion in the classroom and not be removed from her peers during the day. The district is still in the process of hiring the 2 aides but I am excited to meet with them and get going on her IEP goals. I love the social experience she is getting but also want her to continue to grow academically. She has been doing really well in the regular classroom and so far I am happy with our decision.

Here is a little video footage of Morgan's birthday celebrations. I love all the laughter at the beginning of the video but my favorite is at the end when she decides she'd like to make 7 wishes with her one candle!

In honor of her 7th birthday, here are 7 things we love about Morgan
  1. She loves to ride her bike and sneaks out of the garage all of the time to go ride it. She has gotten better about not 'running away' and knocks on the front door when she wants to come inside (the knock is usually our first indicator that she is gone).
  2. She loves babies (especially Baby Luke "Loot" and Abi -- her baby cousins)!
  3. She is one smart cookie and is reading on a first grade level.
  4. She still loves Barney but luckily she's expanded her horizons to now include Shrek ( but don't let your kids watch Shrek 3. It started a "You shut up. No, you shut up!" Morgan phase at our home!), Finding Nemo, Shaggy Dog, and The Sound of Music.
  5. She loves a good corn dog with sauce (ketchup).
  6. She's Griffin's best friend
  7. She is a great swimmer and after a summer full of swimming lessons--swimming is her favorite activity.
And I had to put in a little footage of her bike riding skills. She finally got the steering thing down this summer and is now able to go around the block on her bike. Good physical therapy for her legs!


Jenni and Chad Stewart said...

Wow! She's pretty good on that bike! Glad she had such a fun birthday. We love our Morgan! (Or "the girl Griffin" as Lilly likes to call her.)

Beverly said...

Happy Birthday Morgan!!! Wow, I am so happy to hear good news about her school and getting some aides! looks like everyone had a blast at her parties!

Sophie said...

Oh how i love this little girl, she always makes me smile.

Happy Birthday Morg, cant believe how big youre getting.

love- your favorite babysitter in the whooollle wide world.

Vennesa said...

How fun! In the picture with the cake face she looks a lot like Hadley. Happy Birthday Morgan!

Lacey said...

Happy Birthday Morgan!! What a fun day with lots of great presents.

Emily said...

Happy Birthday Morgan! Looks like you had a terrific 7th birthday!

Adam and Cami said...

happy birthday Morgan! We are glad you had a great day! Cute new bike!

Rebecca said...

Her little laugh at the beginning of the video made me so happy. What a cute girl. We've had to sing "it's my birthday and I'll cry if I want to" to some of my kids on their birthday.

Sasha said...

Happy Birthday Morgan. Looks Like Jungle Jims was fun. Love the 7 cute

Karol said...

Morgan is so endearing! What a cutie! I forgot about Jungle Jims, looks like a fun place.

Mandi said...

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kecia said...

Well first of all I cried watching her get so excited about that Barney movie! What a sweetheart she is! COngrats on the great news about her school! That is awesome!! I had to laugh when I read that she likes to "Take off" we already have that problem with Bree too! I think she looks SO much like your older boys and Mia in that picture of her with her cupcakes!

Lisa said...

Awww, happy birthday Morgan!

Monica Crumley said...

Great post. Happy Birthday, Morgan. Those cupcakes look really yummy! Cool bike, too!

AZ Chapman said...

yeah on the aid it will make a huge difference happy b day morgan

Michelle said...

Happy 7th birthday to Morgan! she looks so happy and proud to be on her new bike!

Chris said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

Love your list of seven things about Morgan, and I loved that she made seven wishes on her one candle. Much better than making 1 wish on 7 candles!

As you said, she is one smart cookie!