I can’t believe it, but we now have a 5-year-old in the house. Last Thursday was Elena’s official birthday. We started off the day with doughnuts for breakfast, then she was off to Vacation Bible School. During the assembly, they gave her the honor of standing on stage and holding one of the flags, and the whole sanctuary sang "Happy Birthday." As is tradition in our family, the birthday person gets to pick where they want to go for dinner or what they want cooked for them. Elena chose MCL Cafeteria, or "the pass-the-tray-place" as she likes to call it. So there we were at 5:30, pretty much the only people passing trays under the age of 65. But who can resist fried chicken, mac-n-cheese and squares of jello?
The next day we celebrated with friends and family. Elena chose to have a "Pirates and Pixies" party. Six friends came over for pizza and bouncy castle fun. Even though it didn’t really fit the theme, this is the cake that she’s been coveting since last fall:
Here are the kids having dinner outside. Notice the haphazardly decorated play set in the background. Colin Cowie we are not.
I just had to include this picture of Elena and her schoolmate, Ethan. Ethan is the love of Elena’s life (at the moment). I wish he was wearing his usual choice of cutting edge fashion, the t-shirt with the clip-on tie. (Though his mom tells me he’s quite into sweater vests these days). He’s the sweetest kid, and he kept us in stitches with his commentary all evening.
I can’t say she has a favorite gift, but these real Spanish flamenco shoes my mom brought back from Spain are up there. She wants to wear them everywhere . . .
I think she’s happy with life in general . . .
The next morning we got to watch my niece’s baby, Olivia. It was good practice for all of us! Elena wanted to hold her all the time. Olivia obliged.
So the birthday craze is over, now I suppose we need to get ready for this baby. Progress has been made, though. Crib is up. That’s what we call progress in the Six house.
Hope you all had a fabulous 4th!