Sweet Jesus, what an emotional roller coaster of a week! It started out with this sweet little face’s last day of first grade [insert mommy tears here]. Making it even more emotional for her already overemotional mother was the fact that it was also her last day as a six-year old [sob].
We pretty much celebrated her birthday all weekend long. On Saturday (her actual birthday), we went to a little tea party with her buddies from Girl Scouts, played on her new Slip ‘N Slide, took a trip to Toys R Us so she could pick out something special and then rounded it all out with a movie night in mommy and daddy’s bed (Monsters Inc. to get prepped for seeing Monsters University on Wednesday–so good!). It was a fun–and exhausting–day!
When she wasn’t in a bathing suit, my birthday girl was wearing various flower girl dresses (can we talk about that fact that she has been in FIVE weddings?) and her sparkly new tiara. Talk about a little diva.
All of the action proved to be too much for my fat-cheeked, sweet-faced niece. She eventually reached a point where she couldn’t hold her eyelids open–not to mention the struggling it took to keep those cheeks elevated! She passed out cold on my sister’s shoulder.
The next morning the girls decided to do a little spa action. Samantha got all sorts of spa and beauty stuff for her birthday and Ellie was the most willing of guinea pigs. There was makeup application, lotion massages, soaked feet, and nail polish. They loved every last second of it while momma relished the quiet.
The rest of the week was nonstop noise and action with a play date, a trip to the pool, a movies and lunch date with my sister and nephew, and birthday party supply shopping (because the birthday festivities are rolling into this weekend with Sam’s party with her friends).
Lastly, I love this picture. It’s grainy and imperfect, but it’s got an Ellie button and perfectly captures her kooky personality. This is the sort of thing I have to contend with while trying to get her to bed at night.
She tries to get me to read more and more books, she plays peekaboo, she starts singing random songs. Anything to either delay sleep or make me laugh (which delays sleep).
Going back to the books for a second before I sign off for the weekend: I’ve been talking about it a little bit on Facebook, but I’m starting a new kids book series here next week. My first post is going to be on kids books that grownups love too. What’s your favorite children’s book?