Friday, September 10, 2010


Olivia's birthday was on the 31st. It was a school day and she was none too happy about having to go to school on her birthday. But she survived. A week before her birthday, six gorgeous roses were delivered. She LOVED them! They were from Lori and Chuck, her godparents (who were winging their way to Europe). When Lori found out the flowers had come a week early...

(Yes, I know the picture is sideways, but Blogger keeps loading it that way.)

She made sure another bouquet was delivered at the correct time. (You don't mess with Lori.)

Because Olivia's birthday was on a school day AND Daddy was working afternoon shift (so he'd be gone when she got home from school), we did the cake and candles thing before she hopped on the bus. Here's her home grown cake (red velvet with cream cheese frosting)...

And some of her decorations, which stretched from the kitchen all the way into the family room.

Here is the birthday card she made for HERSELF.

Happy Birthday, baby girl! Well, not a baby anymore - SIX years old! (Didn't we just bring her home from the hospital the other day?)

She managed to blow out all her sparkler candles in one breath!

And best of all - she had cake for breakfast (which she told her whole class about)!!!

She opened a few presents and then she had to go to school. Conveniently, it was her class' day to go to the Book Fair, held in the school library. Parents are invited to meet the kids and attend the sale with them (sort of like deliberately taking your kids down the candy aisle at the grocery store). So, I got to join her for the book fair and have her pick out some birthday books. At one point kids were coming up to her suggesting books for her to buy, like they were commissioned salesmen. I finally had to send them away, explaining that books are expensive. One little boy got all puffed up and explained to me, in no uncertain terms, that "it is her birthday and she can have whatever she wants!" WHAT?! I went home and took over with Brooke and then... Daddy got to eat LUNCH with her in the cafeteria and pass out her birthday treats! (For some reason she was put in the "allergy" class even tho she doesn't have any allergies. Anyway, it makes treat time really easy because all we're allowed to bring for the "allergy" class is... popsicles! Yeah!) Then Daddy had to go to work. We went to the Mexican restaurant that evening for dinner. She wore her birthday crown from school. The waiter took note and brought her this - a "topless" cup! (That's what she calls a cup without a lid. Lidded-cups are the kind of cups "little" kids use.) She thanked him profusely for bringing her a "big girl" cup. She said it MADE her day! I just prayed she wouldn't knock it over...

Then the wait staff brought her a soapapilla (fried, and covered in honey and cinnamon - yum!) as a birthday treat and sang to her. She was speechless and then sucked up all the whipped creme.

After we got home she tore open the rest of her presents and seemed very happy with her birthday booty. Now she's an old lady.

We waited six days and then it was - Brooke's birthday!!! On Labor Day, no less! Because it was a holiday, we were able to have some family over to celebrate with us. Since cousin Ivey had had a birthday at the beginning of August, we had a triple celebration.

Here's the very happy birthday girl with her crown!

And here's Uncle Dave with his stylish hair! (Yeah, it keeps loading the pic sideways.)

We had ham and corn on the cobb and potato salad and lots of good things to eat.

Counsin Ivey kept trying to get out of the pictures, so I took another of her just to get even.

Thank you to Publix for a delicious cake (chocolate with cherry filing)!

Brooke was so excited about her birthday!! Since she'd just watched Olivia get all the attention and presents, she was happy that it was HER turn. She didn't even mind sharing her birthday cake with the other girls.

.........................Huff and puff!!!!!!!!!!!!

And there goes the frosting! (She left the cake, as usual.)

..........................Uncle Dave...

...........................................Big Sissy!

....................................Present time!!!

Ivey, Brooke and Olivia (the birthday girls) on the playgym.

Olivia got a mosaic art kit for her birthday. It's like a paint-by-numbers kit, but it has tiny foam tiles which are sticky on the back. The picture forms are numbered so you know exactly where to put the different colored tiles. Brooke has wanted that set for herself from the moment she saw it, so I was VERY happy when I went back to the toy store and found a mosaic kit for her age group. Plus, she can wear her creations!

Of course, Olivia isn't going to pass up a chance to wear a crown!

Daddy is happy wearing his improvised bunny ears.

Olivia really wants a party with her friends, so we have promised both girls we'll do that soon. (It's the birthday that never ends!) We're all birthdayed-out until the end of the month - when it's Daddy's turn!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Meeting Olivia!

Olivia the PIG!!!!

Olivia is a great children's book character. She was making an appearance at the local Barnes and Noble, so I took the girls to meet her. They were THRILLED! We got there 1/2 hour early and expected the place to be jammed and we were... the only ones there. Well, the girls got the best seats for story time!

Brooke decided to take the stage and read to us while we waited.
Fifteen minutes later, everyone else got there at once. A lady read two Olivia stories and then...

Out came Olivia!!!! She was HUGE!!! You could see her ear tips above the shelves as she made her way thru the store. The kids were amazed (as well as the parents)! As she moved thru the group, the kids were all stepping back with their mouths hanging open.

Olivia didn't say anything, but she was really nice and posed for pictures with everyone. Brooke was determined to touch Olivia. She was very giggly about the whole thing. Afterward, Brooke kept saying, "Olivia BBBIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGG!!" with her arms flung out as far as they could go. It was a good time for everyone! And free!