First off, when I was looking at the pictures from the party, I was wondering why they were so off-center and why I had not focused on faces. Then I remembered, I gave Nathan the camera! He had asked if he could. His recent fascination with all things electronic had him wanting to use the camera. Why not? So I let him. And he did really good! (I can't however share that enthusiasm for my cell phone, which is always gone and has different ring tones and new reminders and a new look all the time! Thank goodness we don't have a smartphone. Can you imagine?)
Here on our first picture is Nathan, proudly reading his birthday poem to his little sister. He had gotten her mini animals which she loves. He put them on the bottom of a big box, filled with baseballs. It was a cute touch.
Abby wanted her hair in french braids for her birthday. We've been doing hair a lot more in our house, but as you can see, I need some more practice. :-) Her hair is challenging as well as it will clearly work its way out of the braid halfway through the day.
Hanny always snuggeling up to her big sister.
Isabelle was so proud of her home-made cards. She actually made one for Hannah too as Hannah was too little to make one herself. Isabelle wearing another pretty dress and also with braided hair, which is her favorite these days. Isabelle had gotten Abby some paint-yourself ceramic ornaments that Abby wasn't able to get at the craft store last time. Abby had been really sad and Isabelle remembered. She was so proud to get them. It was funny to take her shopping. When we got to the store, she announced: "I will get Abby lots of stuff. But I don't have any monies (money), so you have to give me some." She also had a fairy for Abby but she broke her halfway through the store. :( And she got her Elsa jellybeans. Because something Isabelle loves so much, Abby just has to love as well.
This is the only picture we have of Olive and Rosie. They got her some fantastic coloring books. The girls had so much fun using it later on. They'd sit on the little table and one of the girls would color one picture while the others would anxiously wait which color the girl would use next. And as this was a felt coloring book that had patterns in each field, all the girls would shout with delight as they discovered the new pattern revealed by the wetness of the marker. It was cute. And yes, Aunt Megan shares my love for Hanna Andersson. :-)
I love this picture of Dave. Some of his birthday decorations in the background.
The cone of shame.... Copper quietly suffering in his cone. He had his dewclaws removed as he was continually ripping them off. But the dog was hilarious in this cone. See all the dents? Yeah, he had absolutely no idea where this cone was and would always run into stuff. Like the door to go potty outside. He'd try to run through it even though it was barely open.
Abby is always so excited about all her presents. It's fun to gift her! Some of her gifts she came to truly appreciate the next day. Other than the cup, we gifted her really cute 12 days of Christmas ornaments. She'd been wanting ornaments for her pink Christmas tree and what better ones for my girls who loves both songs and stories? Plus, they are very colorful, which is something Abby also appreciates.
One of the only pictures of little Hanny. See the doll she holds in her hand? She's obsessed with these Magiclip dolls from Disney. They are quite genius. And the baby and Isabelle LOVE them. They do occupy a lot of their time.
Can you see how long the baby's hair is getting? She also has curls but nothing like Abby. Abby had tight little ringlets. She is quite obsessed with my hair. Reminds me of baby Nathan. Any chance she gets, she takes my hair and rubs it all over my face. It is adorable. Then she also makes her little love sound. Because she still doesn't say a single word. I guess she does call me "maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa". Maybe that counts?
Abigail loved her party. And as always, that was mostly due to the fact that all her favorite people were here. While she does appreciate all her gifts, people are what makes Abigail's world go round. Let's pray it always stays that way.