Birthday donut breakfast parties are kind of a tradition around here. We met her great-grapnparents and family super early, ate donuts, lit a candle which created a slight bit of panic for sweet P, sang and went on our way.
While the girls napped, I finished the cake. It was two shades of purple on the inside with buttercream icing and pink and purple sugar crystals on the outside. I tried covering up my imperfect layering with a textured outside - I think it worked.
We attempted to light some candles for round two of the birthday song and this time little P broke into major tears and sobbing. I'm not sure where it came from but I think it had something to do with her not liking the sparklers we did on the 4th of July.
She opened her very own princess doll and other little goodies and that ended day one of her birthday celebration.
The following week we had a small family party at my parent's house. No major theme, just a lot of pink and purple.
I hung some balloons from the ceiling, made little markers for dinner and that's pretty much all the decorating that went into this little party.
There was a state-wide burn ban so instead of burgers, we did a little gourmet hot dog buffet. We love hot dogs around here, if you didn't know, so I set out all the ingredients and little menus for some of our favorites:
Seattle and New York Dogs
Basic Chili Dog
and the Chicago Dog
I'm pretty sure the dogs were a hit because I've never seen so many dogs eaten in my life!
And wouldn't you know, I only got one picture of a hot dog creation?! FAIL.
This was my brother-in-law's. I think he called it the supreme dog - it had every single topping available on it. Massive dog.
A few more presents were opened, including a big hit, Hello Kitty band-aids that had to be applied in the middle of present opening by sister-cousin.
And more cake was eaten. This cake was made by my mom.
A princess castle cake. How amazing is that?!
There was also homemade peach ice cream, made by my dad, served in homemade praline cups. And no, I did not get a picture of those either. FAIL AGAIN. Take my word for it, it was amazing.
And finally, we headed outside for the last present from her grandpa. A Barbie Jeep.
Sister-cousin was so excited to show it to her, or, maybe she was excited to ride with her. Either way, the joy on these two girl's faces was priceless.
Notice Firecracker has the pedal floored.
Like I said yesterday, Thelma and Louise. Here comes trouble.
And if those girls ever get in a bind in the future, like Firecracker's mom getting stuck in a cemetery in the middle of the night, ahem, thankfully they have some boys around to rescue them.
What. a. blessing.
Seriously. I'm so thankful for family living close so we can celebrate these special times together. You guys made my girl feel so celebrated.
Thank you all and we love you.