When I got the news that she died, just a week before my niece's birthday, I assumed the party would be off. And the strange thing was, in the back of my mind, I kept dreading telling my sister that I wouldn't be able to throw the party. I kept thinking: "Oh man...I really need to call her and explain. She's going to be so disappointed."
When we went to visit the family, my sister's husband asked if we could go ahead and have the party still. I was delighted, of course. We all knew how important it was to her. But it was awfully painful to work on it without my sister there. I kept wanting to text her excitedly to show her the glitter covered pink diamonds I made or call with questions or show her what I bought her as a present. Every moment spent on it was a reminder that she was gone. And it killed me that she wouldn't get to see it. I think every decoration there had some amount of tears on it before it was hung up.
But I got it done! And it was pink and sparkly and princess-like and fabulous. I covered all my furniture in pink fabric and hung sparkles and hears and diamonds everywhere. It was pretty magical. Everything was ready for the birthday Princess!
I don't make cakes anymore. :o(
And an ice cream bar with delicious toppings. :O)
And alllll the presents. So. many. pink. presents. :O)
And a birthday throne, obviously.
When she walked in we all shouted "Happy Birthday, Princess Serena!!" and this was her face. Haha, I love it!
All the princes and princesses got to work right away dressing themselves in tons of royal garments. I was up until the wee hours beforehand hot glueing capes because my last sewing machine needle was broken, and it was totally worth it! There were tons of dresses and crowns and gloves and boas and swords and helmets and shields. Hung on a pink garment rack. With pink hangers.
And one for the princes and knights to earn majestic amulets and signet rings.
My nephew, Alex: :O)
We got the one that looked just like her. With a matching outfit, which is so cute. My sister in law took this adorable photo of her little sunburned face with her new doll. :O) My sister would have loved this!!
Then the kids all decorated paper crowns while singing Frozen songs at the top of their lungs. It was so, so sweet.
I love this photo of 'Rene-bean and Paige. I hope they'll grow up to be best friends. :O)
On a different topic, thank you all so much for your kind comments and emails. I really appreciate it. I really, really do.
Love you so much,