A Simple Birthday
We celebrated Paige's birthday this last week.
Her 5th birthday. She's five. (Years. Old.)
I can't believe it! She'll have a party later this month, but on her birthday we had a nice, relaxing family day with her doing all her favorite little things. I saw an idea on Pinterest for having the birthday girl or boy wake up to a ceiling full of balloons, which I thought was so cute! But the stores closed before we could get to them the night before so I thought of taping up a little message for her to wake up to in the morning. It took way longer than I thought. I cut out the letters, taped together the 5, blew up water balloons because that's all we had, took apart an old gift bag with curling ribbon on it, then I carefully picked her up and put her in our bed so I could stand on her bed and hang it all on the ceiling. After taking it down and straightening abut 5 times (my arms were seriously sore the next day. sad.) I put her back into her bed (it was 2am by then) and eagerly awaited her surprise-filled awakening the next morning.
...She didn't even see it!!
She rolled out of bed and came running into ours without even noticing. haha. Agh! Oh well.
So we started off with the most important of the day's activities: presents. We got her a book and movie to watch later in the day, two of her favorite things. (Reading and watching movies is almost torture to me, so she definitely gets that from her daddy!)
Then she wanted to take a walk. So we did! It was lovely to take a walk at 7 in the morning. But freezing.
We killed a little time at home where she got to "buy" herself a fish on Tapfish, and then we headed to the library for story time. This kid LOVES the library. All the librarians know her by name, and sometimes they even let her come in the back. You might say she's somewhat of a library VIP. ;o) (I'm pretty sure the librarians treat all the kids that way, but we don't have to tell her that.)
The rest of the afternoon was spent at the park and Taco Del Mar!
I love how she wanted to wear her "fancy" dress to the park. That's just the sort of thing I would have done when I was a little girl. There was no occasion unfit for a fancy dress in my mind.
Again, I do have a husband. :o) He was very much involved that day, he just prefers not to see his face on the craft blog. So that was Paige's day!
Oh, yeah, one last thing: Homemade starbucks!
No, I didn't give my five year old coffee. It was "chocolate milk" (rice milk, agave nectar and cocoa powder), but I put it in a Starbucks cup to make it feel special.
It really was a wonderful day! It's so nice to spend a day as a family without having to worry about obligations. I can't remember the last time we've done that.
I hope you are all enjoying a nice weekend!
P.S. Remember Paige when I first started blogging?
P.P.S. On a totally unrelated note, I wanted to say thank you to Kelly of Studio DIY for featuring the party I did for Paige's friend! Thanks, Kelly!