Well, the "every-second-of-the-day" family party for Claire that Grace invited us all to here was a wild success. I think Claire had her best birthday yet even with no friends involved. I'm always amazed with how little kids really need to have a fun birthday. Honestly, the only present she even told her grandparents and aunts and uncles about on the phone was a can of silly string.
Check out her face on the second picture from the top and you'll believe me:She chose "sunny-side-up" eggs for breakfast. Strange choice if you ask me, but hey, I wasn't the birthday girl. Dave was the chef.
We took Claire out of school and went to McDonalds for lunch:Lucy and I got to go volunteer in Claire's class and she got to pass out cookies.
After school the girls helped me decorate the "flower cake" Claire requested.
(I love how Lucy's posing in that last one thanks to her sister's instructions.)
(And I love the totally straggly hair from the pouring rain outside...yes, rain in the desert...for like three days now. Crazy.)
And then it was on to brave the storm to get those ears pierced.Only two problems (aside from the fact that I kept hoping she'd chicken out...I still think she's SO little! But, a rule is a rule according to the kids and I agreed to this way back when Elle was six):
1) I lost my driver's license a while ago and still haven't replaced it so we had to recruit Dave to come meet us with his.
2) The ladies at the store had the big idea that if they both used a "gun" at the same time it would only jolt Claire's tears one time. Well, their plan was great except that one of the guns jammed and Claire was left with one of the earrings only half-way through. Man I kinda grossed out at that one. But they situated it all and the deed was done.
Claire was pretty brave but she looks pretty darn nervous in this picture if you ask me.
But apparently it was all worth it because she was VERY happy with the finished product:Then it was home again for pizza, cake and ice cream:
It will take approximately eight years for Claire's wish to come true (according to the old adage that it will take as many years as it does breaths to blow out the candles). That's a good thing since the wish probably involved a dog (like the other kids' wishes every year) and it may take us about that long to get one...
We sure love you Claire!