This last week or so, in the manner of the queen, our girl has enjoyed extended birthday celebrations as she turns 9.
We went star themed this year, inspired by a pot of star cupcake sprinkles. The theme continued to presents with a constellation cushion.
I'm not really sure how our chubby-cheeked toddler has suddenly become a long-limbed 9 year old, time is certainly flying by. It's easy to get lost in the daily monotony of traipsing to school, eating your greens, plastering on sunscreen and dealing with grumpiness the morning after the sleepover on the night before.
But reading her school report and viewing her through her teacher's eyes, it's hard not to feel some awe and think 'wow - we made that'. A work in progress; beautiful, insightful and tenatious. How we love her.