WARNING: There is lots and lots of cake and icing ahead!
We have been counting down to the big day of 4 for 365 days. Does anyone else feel my pain? I mean, we have been talking about our third Dora birthday party for a year! That is right...three years in a row Dora has been our main attraction. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to go on record here. Dora is no longer invited to my house. Well, that is, until Allye wants a Dora birthday party...
Anyway, birthday preparations started last Monday, since I decided to embark on the cake. I had a helper.
For obvious reasons...
There were lots of things about this cake that I could find fault with, but all that matters is my birthday girl loved it!
We actually had to have the main celebration on Tuesday, the day before the actually day. Ah yes, Wednesdays...can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. Can I get an Amen?
So, we had a pizza party (her favorite food) and invited over "the girls." We ate lots of pizza and got right to the business of opening presents.
I love how they always get excited and want to help each other. It's funny how the kids never mind but it drives the parents crazy. They had a blast ripping into them and oohing and aahing over each little thing.
I would like to take a minute to show you what her future husband sent her...you know...Cowboy Trynt? Yes, his Mommy is patient enough to let him pick out what he sends her.
He truly knows the way to her heart. This must be why she was talking babies and marriage the next day. More on that in a minute...
Then we cut the cake. I still can't believe it. That we cut it that is. Two full days of nothing but cake and icing and it was torn apart in an instant.
The BIG day arrived and we were so lucky that it fell on a school day for her! We started it off right with breakfast...
Everything needed a candle that day...
When I arrived at the school for snack time this is who greeted me. Ready for her birthday bash at school!
The cupcake festivities began...
and there were more candles...
and lots of smiles...
I surprised her by inviting her friend, Lexi, to eat tacos with us after school!
Next we headed off to dance class...
This is when we had "the talk." Addison says, "Mommy I want to have a baby." Me, "Really?" Addison, "Yes Mommy. When can I marry Trynt so I can have a baby with him?" No people...we are not teaching anything about babies or how to get them in this house. But they are drinking from the same water...somehow. Because..Cowgirl texts me on the same day this happened and says, "At dinner last night Trynt told me he was going to ride his motorcycle to get Addison and marry her so they could sleep in the same bed." No, we are not lying. We are worrying now about all future joint family vacations.
Back on track.
We ran home. Not really. I don't run anywhere.
To get some quick dinner and more cake. Yes, really! You only live once!
Then we were off to church for Awana...and it was friend night! So, we took "the girls!"
The best part of the whole day, for me, was when we got home. By then we were all really tired. Tireder then tired. We dragged in and they hopped in the bath. As I was brushing Addison's teeth I looked down and noticed something in her shoe. I quickly realized what it was, because they are everywhere in my house.
You see, Man could not be here on the exact day. But, I guess you could say he was "with" her everywhere she went. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I married this man and am so proud he is the father to these three beautiful girls. He loves them always. He shows them always. He is always there...near or far.
In honor of Addison turning 4 I am stealing this idea...
4 of Addison's Favorite Things:
4.) Snuggling with Mommy and Daddy
My Sweet Addison,
You have taught me so much about life, but I am most thankful that you make me slow down and truly enjoy each day. You are so carefree and spontaneous and I hope to learn more of that from you. You make me a better person and mom and I hope that you know how much I love you and cherish you. You are a gift to us that we will hold onto forever. Your smile lights up my heart in a way that says, "I love you, let's have some fun!" Your eyes have a sparkle that I could look at always. Your words are sweet and intentional. Of everything I ever teach you I want you to remember this, "Be yourself." Because that is what I love most about you!
I love you,