We celebrated Brooklyn’s birthday today! We did the typical presents and cake. Yay and Yum.
Allan’s parents came over after church to celebrate with us. When Brooklyn heard their car in the driveway she screamed and jumped up and down. Her grandma and grandpa heard the scream all the way outside! She was just a bit excited.
We started her birthday off before grandma and grandpa arrived. I knew Brooklyn would be impatient waiting for them (it’s an hour drive to our house) so I made some playdough to keep her and Sierra occupied.
They really loved it. They made cakes at the end and I let them have a couple candles to put on. I don’t remember where I got the recipe but there are a ton of sites- just google homemade playdough. (I can put the recipe I used up if anyone really wants to know, it turned out awesome)
Later this week I’m going to make edible playdough so Payson can join in.
After they’d played with the dough for quite a bit I let both girls open a present (on birthdays in our family the other kids get one or two little presents instead of goodie bags). These presents were homemade games I’d worked on last week.
When the girls got tired of playing with their games they played with balloons.
I stopped Brooklyn to take a picture in her “birthday chair”. The birthday chair is tradition and is simply a decorated chair. lol
She peeked at her presents.
And they played with the little tea sets I got them ($2.48 at Target right now!)
Me and my birthday girl.
They played with the balloons for a loooong time.
Last night I was doing some baking and Allan was painting (more about that later) and when I came out after finishing I saw him painting this:
Payson used to be petrified of balloons but now LOVES them. He walks around holding them and constantly looks up to see them floating above. The look on his face is nothing but pride.
Sadly the balloons are now popped and in the trash. Tomorrow’s going to be busy for me and I won’t be able to watch Payson. Stray balloons are too dangerous to be in the same house as a toddler who puts everything in his mouth.
Brooklyn blew up a balloon all by herself for the first time.
I showed her how to let it go and watch it fly around the room. She liked that.
When grandpa and grandma got here we immediately went to open presents!
Every time I asked her what she wanted for her birthday she’d tell me a baby.
So she got a My Little Pony baby. She’s been really into My Little Ponies again.
She also got a high chair for the baby pony. She was really happy about that. I’m really happy that she’s into all the mommy stuff 🙂
Payson wasn’t too interested in watching Brooklyn open presents. He spent his time playing on Sierra’s booster chair.
Ahh, the wrappings.
Yes, wrappings are lots of fun.
Time for cake! For some reason Brooklyn kept frowning. I think she was just being silly.
She’d requested a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. I made it from scratch- first time I’ve done that.
After cake we played with some of her new games.
The day ended with a gorgeous, fiery sunset.
Yep, her birthday was pretty darn great.
But don’t think it was perfect. There were some casualties.
Here a baking soda jar dropped because I was carrying too many things back to the pantry.
And here balloons I tied to the door brushed up against our stucco and popped. Oops.
But even with casualties, a great birthday.
All for this special girl.