Monday, February 23, 2009

Happy 4th Birthday My Little Sweet Pea!























































Oh, the fun we had, as we celebrated Kayli turning 4, and cousin Jake, turning 10. Kayli has been counting down the days on our calendar, wanting and willing her birthday to come! Finally, the day of the party arrived (the 22nd) (Kayli’s actual birthday is on the 27th, but we’ll just call this her birthday week!) First thing in the morning I told Kayli today was the day we’ve been waiting for! She was sooooo excited! Problem was, the party didn’t start until 5:00p.m. Ooooh, this was a long day for Kayli. “Mom, it’s taking so, so, so long for everyone to get here!” There were lots of things to get ready for the party and I tried to keep Kayli occupied by letting her help me with some things. Of course, I’d put something away, then she’d take something else out. Then, I’d put out new hand towels in the bathroom, then she decided her puppy needed a bath! And, on it went. I let her open her presents from me, one of which was a Dora the Explorer DVD, starring Kayli! This was the greatest entertainment we’ve had for a while. I had sent in a photo of Kayli, so there was a birthday girl in the movie that had Kayli’s head on her shoulders (like a little bobble-head Kayli) This little bobble-head character of Kayli appeared throughout the movie. Dora would yell out her typical questions like “Where do we go next… and then yell “Kayli?” We laughed and laughed! Kayli was just dumbfounded as to why she was in this show. Then, knowing that having a good nap “under her belt” would make Kayli a better “party girl”, I used the “tried and true” trick of jumping into the car for a ride to nowhere! Works every time. The guests arrived at 5:00 and were greeted by Kayli and Jake’s “roaring” dinosaur cake. Literally, the signature cake from Hy*Vee, had a dinosaur head that roared and eyes that flashed. Kayli, with her ongoing obsession with dinosaurs, was thrilled with this cake and loved being scared by it, over and over! Kayli had such a great time running wild with her cousins, and eating cake and ice cream, and opening presents, and generally being in a suspended state of “over-the-top-excitement”! As the last person walked out the door, she said “Whew, that was such a fun party, Mom.” “That was the best, best party I ever saw!” I guess that says it all! Happy Birthday Sweet Pea!
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