To celebrate her birthday, we decided to make it easy and go someplace Billa really loves: the playground. We live very close to Dick Nichols Park, and it's a great park with lots of swings and climbing equipment, and in the summer time, there's a pool. There's also lots of running trails and picnic places too, so it's the perfect park. And we couldn't have asked for better weather today! I had to laugh, though; my best friend called me about ten minutes after I'd rolled out of bed and asked me what the backup plan was. When I questioned her as to why, she told me to look out the window. It was overcast and drizzling. No worries, I said. If it's still like this by 10:30, I'll make some phone calls. Not ten minutes later the sun came out and stayed out, creating a 75F day that was gorgeous and perfect.
Setting up for the party...such a good (OCD) little helper!
Hey! Who's driving this crazy ride!?
I love sliding!
Ninja Cameron and his sister Madeleine
The only thing better than eating playground rocks is to throw them all over the slide!
We grilled hot dogs and played on the playground and everyone had a great time. I chose a Sesame Street theme for her party this year since she watches Elmo's World at school with her friends and loves him so much (although as of three weeks ago, Blue's Clues is now her most favorite thing in the world. Oh well!). Several of our cousins came and some of our friends too. Not as many kids showed up though, because of all the illness going around, which was a huge bummer, but we still had a great time. By the time the party was over though, Sybilla crashed for the best nap ever. She was so tired that she slept through all the noise her uncles and aunts were making as we sat around at home later!
It's finally cake time! Billa has seen me making them and wouldn't stop asking for cake. Patience is a virtue, my dear!
Blowing out our candle (and yes, that is spittle hanging from her lips)
Daddy helps Billa dig into her cake
The kids eating cake
Present time! Present time! Open it up and see what's inside!
All in all, Sybilla had a great birthday and had a lot of fun. She ate a lot of cake and goldfish and got to play for two hours straight on the playground with all of her friends and grandparents. Who could ask for anything more? Sometimes I wish I could do that...
Sesame Street cupcakes; each character was a different flavor. Big Bird was yellow cake, Elmo was red velvet, Cookie Monster was oreo cookie cake, and Oscar was chocolate with marshmallows
Instead of doing toys for the goodie bags, I decided to do cookies. I made a tag that said "This party was brought to you by the letter S and the number 2. Thanks for sharing my special day with me!" Each bag contained an S, a 2, and an Elmo, which is Billa's favorite character! Special thanks to my friend Anna for the use of her scalloped craft punch!
The party table with cupcakes, smash cake, and cookies
Happy Birthday, baby girl. Mama and Daddy love you so very much and we are so grateful that we were able to share another year with you...may there be many more to come!
The Guerra Clan