Oh my goodness.
…my sweet baby Kensington Kate is TWELVE years old.
Twelve!! Just like that.
I promise you, I blinked and she went from…
…this. All grown up and twelve years old.
Our sweet girl came into the world twelve years ago completely dominating the scene and taking over our lives and hasn’t stopped since. She is big and bold and yet sweet and gentle. She’s a great student, loves her church youth group, the kind of friend everyone should want for their daughter, a wonderful example for her three younger siblings and has made her dad and me so very proud.
Kensington struggled with being shy for years, but in fourth grade, she really blossomed and came out of her shell. She loves volleyball, cheer, and tumbling. She always has a book in her hands (right now, she’s reading The Hate U Give), wants to sing in the youth group band, play volleyball for Kansas State and wants to be a pediatrician that specializes in kids with special needs. I love how much she loves Hallmark movies, seasonal t-shirts, cardigans and has her very own unique style. Her very favorite thing in this whole wide world though is…
…her tiny little dog. These two are inseparable. Honest to goodness, after having her home for six months, Frenchie has had a hard time these last 10 days. They are together all the time and love each other so much.
This last year, I have been SO PROUD of Kensington!!! It was about five days before her birthday last year when she developed a terrible rash that lead us down a very long and winding road to discover she has Celiac disease and now leads a completely gluten-free life (which probably sounds like no big deal…unless you’ve ever had to live a g-free life…). Not only has her entire diet changed but in November, she went under general anesthesia for the very first time for a small intestine biopsy to confirm the diagnosis and she handled it like a CHAMP! It really could have been such a hard year, but she MADE IT SO EASY! I really cannot say enough about how proud we are of her handling everything thrown at her this last year.
So, today, she’s twelve. As Kensington would say, her last year before she’s a teenager. Sigh.
The last three years, she had big birthday celebrations, so this year, we did something very, very small, and it was perfect. On Friday night, we went to dinner with Ebby Lee, Ashby and Madeley (and also celebrated that it was HER Gotcha Day!), and then they all four had a sleepover and watched the new Mulan movie with cupcakes. At one point during dinner, they realized that when Kensington gets married, it will be the three of them that stands up with her at the altar…and let me tell you, that made my mama heart about explode. What a sweet group of girls. Today, she has school and volleyball, but after, we’re going to eat Cheesy Ranch Tacos (her choice) and celebrate as a family. Her gift this year was a new bedroom makeover…so when all of this crazy remodeling is over, I’ll share pics (right now, it’s not ready).
Happy birthday sweet Kensington!!! We love you so much!!!
If you want to see other party posts, here you go…
Kensington’s Pottery Party
Kensington’s Big Apple Birthday
Smith’s Snowboarding Birthday Part 2
We DONUT Believe She’s Eight Party
Ashby’s Hawaiian Birthday Bash
Ashby’s Frozen Swim Party