Today is Madeline's 8th birthday. She was greeted this morning by a roomful of balloons and her favorite breakfast of carmel pancakes with whipped cream. I took her to lunch and then she and I went clothes shopping, which was fun. I asked her who was better to shop with and she said, "Mom, because she doesn't have a budget." We finished it up with a visit to Cold Stone Creamery for Ice Cream.