Beautiful girl! I love this picture!
I wish I had more pictures, but unfortunately, my camera went unused, since I was socializing and having such a good time that I totally forgot to use it! So family members who are reading this and have pictures, please send them my way :)
Michael: "Psst! Billa, you have something on your lip."
We kept it pretty simple and limited it to family with just a couple of friends. We had a Scooby Doo theme, so Billa’s Scooby Doo lunchbox, beanie baby, and action figures got in on some of the décor. I always hate it when I’m left with nothing but knives at the end of a party, so I told myself I wasn’t going to serve any food that required flatware. We served orange creamsicle cupcakes, Oreo truffles, sugar cookies, fruit skewers, sushi, chips and dips, cheese, and veggie crudités. It was perfect for a tea time get together and clean up was super fast, which made visiting afterwards very enjoyable indeed. And I admit, I did not bake the cupcakes from scratch, although the frosting was homemade. That’s just non-negotiable in my book!
Zeydi is being silly!
The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful and our friends Kellie and Anthony were gracious hosts to let us use their home for the venue. They’d mowed the yard and set up a bunch of chairs around the fire pit for everyone to sit in and the atmosphere was so relaxed. The kids played on the swing set while the grownups visited with one another. We nixed singing “happy birthday” and lighting candles since people couldn’t wait to eat cupcakes, but we did sit around to watch Billa open her presents, which was funny, since all the kids jumped in and were unwrapping stuff together. Billa, Madeleine and Cameron are thick as thieves and I will be sad for the day when they stop being so nice to one another at present time!
Mommy helps Billa unwrap her presents
Billa showing off her new apron from my friend Anna to Michael's mom
Billa received a play kitchen from the Marino family. Their kids had outgrown it and we’d been looking at some for Billa anyway, so it worked out perfectly. She also received a new big girl car chair from Michael’s dad (who drove here and back from Oklahoma in one day!), some books, a new Scooby Doo movie, and lots of cute dresses and clothes. My friend Anna also bought an adorable apron for Billa, which tied in wonderfully with the play kitchen. Of course I want one for myself now, lol! We hadn’t expected any presents, and we are so grateful for all of the things that Billa got. She is well loved and we are blessed to have so many friends and family around us.
Here’s to another year, Sybilla!
Love, Mommy & Daddy