It actually happened clear back here, but here’s what we did on the big day:
We got up really early to surprise her with her favorite thing: helium balloons.
(I love this little kit you can get at Walmart or Target:)
We snuck them ever so quietly up above her bed and woke her up with her first happy birthday song of the day.
We may have been even more excited than she was…but it was close.(We have two new “daughters” to keep Ariel company.)
I went to meet the birthday girl at school for lunch.
And paid a visit to the “bane of my existence” sitting proudly there in the hallway:
Yes, the squinkie machine…
The one that causes tears for kids who don’t have quarters and fighting amongst those who do and want to trade and can’t. Oh, and those who willingly share their quarters and then cry because they realized they really didn’t want to share after all. I guess it’s a good money-making thing for the school but boy howdy is all I have to say about that.
So needless to say, I think Lucy’s fav. gift was this:
…because it was filled with these: (quarters)
The post-lunch-line for squinkies:(I’m serious…wow…and do you like Lu’s clip-on earrings she insisted on wearing for the big day?)
I was amazed how patiently all the kids waited and how kind to each other they were. I was even more amazed when two random kids came and asked Lucy if she’d give them one of her quarters and she smilingly obliged both times.
When I picked up my jaw off the ground I realized maybe the squinkie machine isn’t so bad after all.
After school Lu’s friend brought her more balloons…and a stuffed dog and flowers too.Sweetie pie.
Lucy’s birthday tradition is camping in the back yard.It’s always different who makes it the whole night in that thing, and this year Lu was the only one who actually ended up falling asleep there. So we carried her in when we went to bed at midnight.
She had planned her Hello Kitty rainbow cake for ages.
…and practiced blowing out candles a bunch as well.
It was her best birthday ever….
…until a few days later when she realized she didn’t get a friend party.
There’s always next year.