I apologize for my absence in the last few days, but I’ve had some important duties…
First day of school was rainy but exciting. Husband was out of town on business, so it was just me and these peeps…plus a wet dog and cuddly cat. The sad face you see in the middle is our birthday girl, who turned six that very morning. She doesn’t like to wake up early, and really detests having her picture made when she’d rather be sleeping. Remember how she was crying in our first day of school picture last year?
I felt heartless and cruel sending her to school on her birthday.
After dropping them off, I decided it was possible to live without mom guilt if I had a small birthday spread waiting for her after school. While wrapping gifts and scattering dashes of pink throughout our breakfast room, I did a good job convincing myself that this would make everything better. Sure enough, when we came home from school, she forgot all about being tired and grumpy and instantly fell for the humble decorations. It was just the five of us, which was quite fun.
Finally some smiles.
She had a happy helper when it came time to open her gifts. Little guy nominated himself to bring birthday girl each and every one of her gifts and he watched with excitement. I was surprised and inspired by his generous spirit.
Note: if you have a little girl who loves American Girl accessories, you may want to try out the Target version. This little doll tea set [above] was such a hit, she loved it! You can peek at it right here. It’s a fraction of the cost and the quality seems just as a good.
They played and played. For hours. Big sisters are perfect built-in playmates.
Pom Pom always tracks down the girls when they play house. He especially likes brand new doll beds with comfy bedding.
On Saturday we had a small tea party at our house with three of her friends. I busted out my white teapot collection and favorite Anthro teacups and saucers. The girls all wore their favorite princess costumes.
Can you think of a more girly way to celebrate a sixth birthday?
We served them hot tea, finger sandwiches and pink cupcakes. As part of their party favors, I had little white gloves for each princess. They took the glove-wearing quite seriously. It was beyond adorable.
Big sis pouring her tea while a friend adjusts her gloves…
I could kick myself but didn’t take a picture of the cupcakes I embellished with these beautiful cupcake toppers given to us by friend, Erin, who lives in Italy. They were almost too beautiful to use. The princess toppers are soft pink and powder blue tones (not as dark as picture) that have a thin foam board in the middle. The best part is that the toothpicks can be easily pulled off, thereby making a tiny paper doll trinket for your daughter. Great for crafts or just for playing!
While I was wrapping up the tea party, husband took off for the airport to pick up one of my best friends who flew in from Colorado with her husband and three children. They’re here with us on vacay for eight days, which isn’t nearly long enough.
So yes, we have had S E V E N children playing together this week. It’s been a blast. And I can assure you that the parents are sleeping very well at night.
Pictures from our week coming soon!!!