Monday, June 08, 2009

Olivia Turns 4

Tomorrow is Olivia's fourth birthday. We'll celebrate simply and she'll open her 2 presents from us. She'll get to select what we have to eat all day. It's her birthday, so she'll be exempt from any chores. Other than that though, the celebration has already been celebrated.

I am so grateful we were able to have her birthday party with my family this year. I'm grateful that we rotate years and all of the kids get to experience the fun of a birthday spent with their cousins.

We had Olivia's party on Saturday. It was a fantastic day, even though the weather didn't cooperate so that we could play outside. The kids still had a great time inside.

Earlier in the day, Isabelle, Alex and Olivia each created a Happy Birthday banner that we hung around my parents' kitchen. We also decorated with some streamers and balloons. The kids all had a great time helping.

My parents bought Olivia a beautiful doll cake. This is a tradition in my family. I remember my sister and I both having doll cakes, and all of the girl grandchildren, with the exception of Gracie, have now had a doll cake. Originally I had thought it would be fun for us to make a doll cake together (using Toni's video as a guide), but we just ran out of time. (We also ran out of time to make the cake pops, but I am still planning to make them very soon. Maybe I'll try for Alex's birthday and decorate them like baseballs. Hmmm...)

My sister brought a few fun party games and prizes. We played the games while waiting for dinner.After a delicious dinner of grilled steaks and hamburgers, Olivia opened her presents. It was so fun to watch her reaction to her gifts, and to watch the reactions of her cousins when she opened their presents.
After gifts we sang Happy Birthday and dug into the cake.I know this will be a birthday Olivia remembers for a long time. I love this tradition. I am so thankful my special girl got to spend a great day surrounded by the love of her family. Although, nothing can ever top the thankfulness Eric and I feel in being blessed to be her dada and mama.

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Lora 1:36 AM  

Looks like a fun party! We celebrated my son's 4th birthday this past Saturday. It's a fun age, isn't it?
I have never made a doll cake either, although I have that Pampered Chef bowl that's supposed to be great for it:) I made *popcorn* cupcakes for my little boy's b-day.

Char @ DigiScrapChat 1:03 PM  

Fun!! We made a doll cake for my daughter's 1st birthday, and it was a LOT harder than one would think! :-)

Thanks for sharing, and birthday wishes to your daughter!

shopannies 6:51 PM  

I am so glad that she had a wonderful birthday party. You are so right in that you allow the birthday child to celebrate all day long. We do that as well. Their birthday is one thing that they do not have to share. It looks like it turned out great and I hope all had a great time

Sue 3:30 PM  

Aw! Bless her sweet little 4 yr old heart. Did you get a pic of the cake straight on? I could see only a titch of it and it looked beautiful.

Ya know... we flew over you Sat night as we made our connection at O'Hare. It was a gray evening :-( We flew out towards home just as the lights of downtown Chicago were starting to glow - very pretty!

Happy Belated Birthday to Olivia!! God bless her with many, many more special days!

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