Birthday season is upon us again and suddenly baby Eve is a big seven year old!
While most kids are chomping at the bit to be older, Eve carefully reminded us throughout her birthday weekend that she was not seven yet. Even this morning when we were having a little 6:00am celebration, she said, “Well, really I’m not seven yet!” Last night she tried to convince me that you don’t turn the new age until the very end of the day, overnight while you’re asleep the night after your birthday, I think maybe she liked being six. :)
We had a very fun, very busy weekend. On Saturday she had a bunch of friends over for a penguin party. The weather cooperated and we were able to get outside and play after cake. A good time was had by all.
We had a lovely spread. Penguin cake in the middle, veggies on one side, Goldfish and candy on the other, and blue Jello “water” in the middle. I bet you can guess where the kiddos spent most of their snacking time!
This year, on a whim, I ordered a cake from an awesome lady. I’ve known her since high school and she now does cakes professionally. It turned out beautiful (and delicious)!
The kids started the party by making penguin picture frames. Then I took pictures of each of them with Eve, printed them, and put them in the frames.
Lex’s picture frame
The boys finished the rolled-up-newspaper-igloo project that I started with the kids a few days ago and ran out of time to finish.
Aren’t they cute?
Here’s the completed igloo. We were going to put welcome signs on them (this one and the table one on the other side of the room) but we ran out of time for that too.
Eve made a sign directing the children to the “igools” downstairs. :)
My friend wanted to take a picture of me and Alan. She thought Eve shouldn’t be the only one celebrating today. :) (It’s not a very flattering angle, but I’ll post it anyway.)
Since all the kids were playing in the basement we brought the presents down to open there. I don’t have any great pics though, so you’ll just have to use your imagination. :)
Everyone was VERY excited for cake!
This is me cracking up because Eve blew out the candles before we even finished the first word of the Happy Birthday song. I relit them quickly while we finished singing. :)
We were all pretty silly by this point.
Just for fun (and to terrify a room full of small children), Alan jumped in with the sawzall running on high when it was time to cut the cake. Grandpa Tom got a video of it that I’ll try to post. It was hysterical and a little scary.
One final picture of the awesome igloo cake before we dug in!
It didn’t last long!
After cake I sent them all outside!
Eve was really happy that the snow stuck around for her birthday this year. She really wanted to play penguins with her friends.
Penguins love to slide on their bellies!
Happy little birthday penguins!
After we said goodbye to all our friends the kids took to their corners for a wee bit of downtime. An hour later we packed up and headed to Grandpa’s for a pizza dinner and round two of cake!
Do they make non-reflective glasses? I might invest in those next time around!
Mema made a dinner birthday cake. It’s not often you get two cakes in one day!
Eve got a stable and lots of animals to play with.
We got home late and went right to bed. Everyone was beat! Sunday was spent relaxing with family and trying to restore some sense of order to the house. I also spent Sunday baking and decorating cupcakes (more cake!) for school on Monday.
For her actual birthday I left two small presents that were beautifully surrounded by flowers from others. She is a lucky little girl.
Lex woke first and eagerly waited for the grand opening.
I think she likes her card. :)
I got her a Lego book. Basically a comic version of the Lego Movie. Everyone loves it.
I also got her some sparkly red shoes because how could I not?!
Pancakes for breakfasts. Let’s keep the sugar-fest rolling!
One more round of cake. These cuties went to school today. They should each have a penguin on top, but I quickly discovered that the toothpicks don’t fit in the cupcake carrier, so I put a few in for pictures, then took them out and put them all into a baggie. Eve put the penguins on top at school before serving them. We also made a few mini cupcakes and brought them to karate this afternoon.
This afternoon we went to karate and then out to dinner at Panera Bread. Eve’s choice. No surprise there! :) I think she had a pretty awesome 7th birthday weekend. Now let the post-party lull and sugar detox begin!