I heard that question every morning for two whole weeks before she finally was indeed, four years old.
And then the day I finally got to say “Yes, THIS day you are four,” she kind of slept in. I had to practically sit on Emmy to keep her from going to wake Ad up, she was so excited.
Addie finally sprung out of bed, threw on the dress she had picked out three days prior for her birthday, and clamored downstairs to get the day started.
First stop – she “hugged” her pinata to check if Mama had filled it with candy. I had, and she could barely lift it.
Next, she checked out her chalk-card in the courtyard.
And then we opened some presents! I think one of her favorites was a pettiskirt that I had bought for her almost 2 months ago. It went on straight-away.
We got Em off to school, and Daddy off to work and then we went to finish up last minute party preparations. And had a little birthday lunch – noodles at Corner Bakery – Addie’s choice, of course. (If I had known we were going to try to do a little self-portrait, I might have put a spot of makeup on. And a different lens on my camera. Next time…)
Then Em came home from school and we waited for the bounce house to be assembled.
And waited for our guests to arrive.
We were ready.
Finally the guests came, and we jumped…with the pettiskirt, of course! It did not leave her body and looked gorgeous bouncing around all day.
Even when the bouncing turned into tackling.
We discovered Daddy’s hidden talent of making balloon animals. He figured it out, kinda on the fly, and then all the kids waited in line for a balloon creation.
We did a little craft, the kids all decorated their own frames to take home.
We ate some pizza.
We waited patiently for Daddy to get the pinata hung up.
And, after all the kids had a whack at the pinata, Addie took a second shot at it. With a little help from Daddy (and some strategically placed cuts), Addie finally freed all of the candy.
And on top of all that sugar, we needed just a little bit more. Time for cake.
Hey, that’s me in a photo! Thanks to my friend, Kristen for the photo, and J. for the video.
Can I have one more cupcake, Mama?
Overall? I think we did ok.
Addie told me when I was tucking her in, “Today was my best birthday ever, Mama.” I know she really only remembers two, maybe three, birthdays – so that isn’t saying much. And it is a lot of work and effort, but I think I’m going to strive to hear her say that every single year.
It is so worth it.