Sissy’s back from “Canvas”

Bekah missed Ashley so much while she was gone at Camas Meadows winter retreat center. And yet, when Ashley got home Bekah was out on a ‘girl date’ with a friend. Ashley and I chatted, watched Miss America (replay), and then she laid down and crashed. Bekah is now very glad to have her sister home from the place affectionately known as “Canvas”.

Ashley recovers from a fun weekend that was short on sleep. We're so glad she's home!

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Bekah learns to sew

Frequently, Bekah’s tolerance level is low and learning new things quickly leads to frustrated outbursts. This evening, however, she is quickly learning to sew. We started this morning with sleeping bags for the American Girl dolls which she measured out and I sewed. Later in the afternoon, we moved to pillows (stuffing? who needs it! apparently the dolls like the sound of crinkly, plastic grocery bags in their pillows), and a little while later she was designing clothing!

How strange it is to sit and LISTEN to the sewing machine when it’s not under my control. “I’m doing so much better at this, Mama,” she tells me. We have raided the fabric bin that I’ve kept ever since Willie and I were first married. Old curtains, pajama fabrics, and so many scraps from dresses of days’ past. So many memories. Who’d have thought I’d be keeping them so my 8 year old could sew clothes for her dolls? Ah, so nostalgic…

Beginning to sew on her own for the first time.

She laid her dolls’ clothes out on a piece of paper, traced around them leaving some extra space for seam allowance, pinned the ‘pattern’ to the cloth, cut it out and stitched away. So far, she hasn’t even stitched a neck hole or leg hole closed! You can see in this picture that she did stitch the wrong sides together, but she was happy with trimming the seam allowances and calling it good. What a kid! 😉

Finished project, complete with art on the nightgown

Sisters

As the time for Ashley to head off for Winter Retreat grew nearer so did Bekah’s tears. Although Ashley has spent back to back nights at friends’ houses, there has been something unique about putting Sissy on a bus that puts Bekah on edge. We avoided a complete meltdown while at the church but by the time we drove away the tears were flowing.

Ashley & Bekah share some love before Ash boards the bus. They swapped stuffed animals for the weekend and Bekah has been given permission to sleep in her sister's room as well!

A Night on the Town – Birthday/Christmas

Once Bekah’s gift opening was completed we all got fancied up for dinner out at Red Lobster (Bekah’s choice over dinner at home made by Daddy) and then a special trip downtown to watch “A Christmas Carol” at A Contemporary Theater. Bekah’s friend from gymnastics, Chloe, had the role of “Tiny Tim” and we were so excited to get such an amazing discount to be able to attend this production with our friends and pastor, the Williams family.

Red Lobster dessert - cookie sundae or something like that

Ashley and Bekah enjoy dessert together

Gingerbread Lane in downtown Seattle presented a contest of all-edible creations. This "Christmas Story" one was my favorite. The depicted scenes are so good.

Our wonderful family

Us again - in our pretty colors this time

The Williams family - Fred, Sue, Jill, Brayden

This is just so accurate that I couldn't pass up posting it. Notice that Bekah's walking and playing her new DSi and Willie is holding onto Brayden's coat hood to keep him out of the street. Jill & Fred - just smiling.

Bekah, Ashley and Jordan wait for the show to begin

The show was wonderful. Shown in the round, although we were in the back row, we were only in the 8th row. Too bad photography wasn’t allowed of the show. It was phenomenal. Costumes, sets, just amazing. You can check out a link to a very cute interview with the kids here.

You tube also has some bits from opening night here.

Bekah, Chloe (on the right), and her little sister Lexi after the show.

A very special night…..

Bekah’s 8th Birthday – December 15, 2009

Can it really be EIGHT years? Can Mommy’s baby really be 8? Ashley seemed like such a big girl at 8. We moved from Seattle when Ash was 8 and in 2nd grade. Imagining that Bekah has really reached that age is mind boggling for me. It just doesn’t register. And as I reflect on the issues that we’re currently struggling with for Bekah (a big, bad attitude), I don’t remember any of those things for Ashley. Maybe my mind is numbed to it. I’ll have to check the journal I wrote for her, maybe it will have some hints to her behavior.

At any rate, the calendar doesn’t lie and Rebekah Joy Bodger must have turned 8 on Tuesday, December 15th 2009. We had a fun day celebrating Bekah.

Started the day off with Bekah’s favorite: French Toast

School must go on…

Once everyone was home, Bekah got to open her gifts.

Wii Cheer 2 game from Grandma Yogi & Grandpa Don

Very cute box and girlie goodies from Uncle Wes & Aunt Kara
A very special photo album of Bekah’s years came from Gammy & Pa along with $20.

The very special doll the was given to Gammy by her sister, Irene. Now passed on to the dolly girl, Bekah.
The photo album
Balloon bouquet from Bekah’s gymnastics coach!

The Target gift card from Gramma and Grampa Schertz draws a smile
Polly Pocket Cruise Ship from Ashley and Jordan (Black Friday deal!!!)
Shock & awe
at the gift
she didn’t think
she’d ever get.

So happy with her very special Nintendo DSi

Happy, happy birthday Rebekah.

We Love You very much.

Bekah’s 8th Birthday Party – LEGOS and Princesses

Birthday girl!

Saturday, December 12, 2009, Bekah had her 8th B’day party at our house. She invited 9 friends, Bella and Sadie couldn’t come. It was a much anticipated and very fun event for all.

The Girls! ...And Willie. Mary, Sydney, Bekah, Molly, Grace, Caroline, Mikayla, and Janelle

Girls and LEGOS

Crafts

Ice cream only - because Bekah doesn't LIKE cake (easier for Mom!)