Alice has hit the ten year milestone!!! What an incredible bright and generous being she has become in such a short time. Her maturity level often surpasses that of many adults (my own included). And yet, that childlike magic remains. Only yesterday she proudly brought us outside to inspect the leaf and ash burritos she made in the back yard. While earlier in the day she was primping in front of the mirror with lipgloss and hair trinkets.
The big birthday news however, was that 10 was the somewhat arbitrary threshold we had established for the girls to be allowed to get their ears pierced. So, accompanied by Aunty Katherine and the cousins, we excitedly skipped over to Claire's (popular girly store) for the procedure. Of course Alice was a change and barely winced during the process. And now she is adorned with the prettiest little "diamond" studs.