I can’t believe we are another done at preschool! For some reason this year was a sad ending. I don’t really know why, but it made me a little emotional saying goodbye to her teachers and the Panda room. B will be back next year and the year after, but she’ll be on the big playground next year. Yikes she’s growing up fast. Her end of the year packet had three dates where her teachers measured and weighed her. From August to May, she grew 2.5 inches and gained 4lbs. No wonder she can pack the food away.
My mom always said she enjoyed every phase of our lives (with the exception of the snotty teenager). She said she rarely longed for the days gone by because each new phase held great things that were better than the last. I feel the same way about B. Yes it was amazing when she was little and snuggly (she’s still a good snuggler), but I love listening to her make up stories through a bubble beard in her bath. I love when she says “Mommy. You know…” because I know she’s about to try to swindle me – and I usually give in because I love that she’s thinking not just about what she wants but how she can get it. She’s growing up and it’s really adorable. I just wish it wasn’t so fast.
And now for the big event: the friend birthday bash. What do you do when you live in AZ, have a birthday in June and you don’t have a pool? Why you throw a splash party (again – and just give it a new theme). Last year we had a splash par-tay, this year we had a luau. Same events, just with a Hawaiian theme. The result? A fantastic bash, event at 109 degrees.
PW made this last year and I still love it!
Party in full swing
I love this action shot – look how high Baylor is on the swing!
B was not keen on the whole luau them…until she saw the ankle leis
My sister Ali and her friend Michelle. Friends since 5th grade
For Stephanie’s pictures, go to Many Hats of a Mom.com!
We don’t have just birthdays in our house. We have birthday weeks. Why? Because it takes a whole week to squeeze in all the celebrating!
When I was a kid, my entire family on my mom’s side would come to visit always right around my birthday. And because a birthday is a great reason to throw a party (or multiple parties) I was sure that they really came to visit for my birthday. Thus, birthday week.
We started off Baylor’s birthday week on a Sunday with a big family birthday party. Her cousins, aunts, uncle, grandparents (including Noni who flew in from MT just for the occasion!), godfather and lots of other adopted family members joined us for dinner, cake and presents. We always ask her friends not to bring gifts to her friend party, but stopping the family from bringing gifts would be about as successful as me flying to the moon – it’s just not going to happen.
Mason being naughty…
Time for cake! Chocolate with chocolate icing, of course
Her face while opening presents was priceless
Her order is “apple juice in a big girl cup with ice and it’s Baylor with a B”
A dollar for each year from her godfather
Shuttling around Mason
Trouble. Serious trouble.
Today, Ms. B turns 4 years old. It’s not officially official until 11:46pm tonight, but we’ll say it’s close enough. After a week of parties, special outings and presents, we are spending today quietly. We’re going to play with all the new presents and put a candle in everything she eats and sing and cover her with kisses.
Happy birthday big girl! Stop eating those green beans that make you grow so fast!
Birthday rewind: last year
The real birthday