Katherine turns 10

Katherine turned 10 this weekend.


When I look back on all that has happened in the last 10 years, it feels like a long time – just not quite a decade.  Now we have a scientist, artist, violinist, bookworm in the family with a sense of humor that does three generations proud.

For Katherine’s entrance into the realm of double-digits, we decided to turn to a couple of her favorite book series for inspiration.


First, you’ll notice that CJ spent a good amount of time face-, er, ARM-painting her.  Both of her upper arms are covered in the symbols of various Olympic gods and goddesses, a tribute to the “Percy Jackson” series by Rick Riordan.

CJ then had the unbelievably awesome idea of getting the message on her birthday cake in gnomish, a language from the “Artemis Fowl” series by Eoin Colfer.  Katherine’s expression when she saw it was priceless (see above).  Here’s a close-up:


This translates to “Happy Birthday Katherine”.*  The books are filled with bits and pieces of text in this language, and Katherine has gotten quite good at translating it.  In fact, it took her less than 15 seconds to figure out what this said.

After cake, Katherine was headed to the local bowling alley, which also featured go carts, miniature golf, an arcade, bumper cars, etc. for a night with us and a good friend of hers.  Between the cake and the activities, and the sleep over to come, she pretty much looked like this the rest of the night.


Trust me – the camera was still for this picture – Katherine wasn’t.  🙂   All in all, I think she had a great time.

And yes, it’s ridiculously strange to say we have a 10-year old, fifth-grader in the house.



* What was even funnier about this was when CJ went in to order the cake. She found a site that will translate any message for you, and so she brought in a printout of the message in gnomish to the baker. When CJ handed it to her, she gave her an incredulous look and asked, “What the heck is this?” When CJ explained it to her, the baker thought it was really cool. The baker asked if instead of piping it out with frosting (which would take quite a while and cost a good amount more), could she print it onto edible paper. That was fine with us.