Monday, August 8, 2011
Abby's birthday party was scheduled for 4:00. I wasn't sure how that was going to work out because Steven had a follow-up appointment to check out his ear tubes at 2:30. Thankfully the tubes were great and we were on our way by 3:00. I had told Abby "Number one: Steven. Doctor." and "Number two: Abby. Cake. Ice cream."
Thankfully we had cleaned up the house and started decorating before we left. I was so pleased with the way my older kids completed the decorations . . . with pink crepe paper, Happy Birthday banner, and white balloons, and the way they set up the cake table with cups and tableware in a circular design and plates piled on each side and James had blown up a bunch of balloons. . . . because when Abby, Caleb, Steven and I drove into our driveway our first guests had already arrived!! Megan had brought her daughters over and before too long Brian and Stephanie arrived with their two girls. My parents came as well (they are such good sports.)
We had a Princess theme and lots of pink. All the girls--child and adult--got to wear a "Happy Birthday" tiara. After opening a couple presents--a very pretty Barbie with 3 extra sets of clothes and a lovely cross/Star of David necklace/earrings from Grandma Kathie-- we played "pin the crown." We then had Barbie Fiesta Pink birthday cake. It was really bright and pretty and very yummy--white cake with berry filling and whipped cream icing. Abby had chosen rainbow sherbet. We had a choice of milk or kiwi strawberry cocktail for beverages. We enjoyed a couple active rounds of a balloon game where one side was trying to get all 9 of their balloons over the table while the opposing team was trying just as hard to throw THEIR 9 balloons. Of course, each side was also striving to return the opposing team's balloons as quickly as possible. The last game was a rousing round of Musical Chairs with Scheri serving as the DJ. Boy, that Abby isn't afraid to climb right over the top of a chair if necessary to get to an empty seat!! She's a spunky one! Billy ended up winning that game. Before my mom and dad left, we had Abby open their gift. She was so excited about the computer game from them. The goodie bags for the guests had Princess notebook, Princess nail file, Princess stamper, Princess bracelet.
We decided to wait to open the gifts from Kevin and I until Daddy gets home from work.