Yes I know I had a LARGE party for Lexie last Sunday (more on that later) but I didn't give her any gifts from me or the family that day. In fact we didn't open all the gifts from the party until Monday (May 17th) her real birthday, after her party at school.
At Montessori they ask parents to make a board with pictures of the child & their family and then write their accomplishments for each year. Since Lexie's first year was rather unusual they read about her first year at the baby house and my going to meet and adopt her. Then they sing this sweet song for every year they have been alive and at the end say what their accomplishment for the year was. Here is for Lexie's second year.
How cute are they? They don't allow sweets at school - even in their lunch boxes - but on a birthday celebration day the parents are allowed to bring sweets for the kids. Lexie picked out mini-cupcakes (they have to be store bought because of the health code - Betty Crocker is considered a criminal at public schools!) That night I did have just a small cupcake with a candle for her to blow out and we opened a few presents from me and the family.
As you know she opened this from her cousins and had to do a show with it on (see earlier post for the dance.)
I gave her this special ballerina doll and she promptly called her Cinderella - don't ask me why. She had a very full day on her really birthday but second birthday celebration.
Saturday she woke up with a cold but we were both determined to open all her presents from Mommy and some of the family. She wanted to be Tinker Bell (one of her gifts from a friend at the party) and away we went.
Something I've been looking for a long time for her was a pink jewelry box with a dancing ballerina and music box like I had as a girl. I found this one on eBay and it was a big hit.
While Grandma was here I also picked her up a heart necklace with her name on it so that was in the "treasure box" as well. She is ALL girl!!
But what I knew would be the biggest hit of the day was the puppets. I found the coolest sets of puppets that aren't available here in the states on - you guessed it - EBay. These are hand puppets with the whole cast of The Little Mermaid and Cinderella even with Gus & Jac!
They are adorable and she couldn't wait to do a show. It came with this blow up "stage" for the Aerial show that was very cute.
Here is her first little show.
She's a little confused over where the stage part is but it cracks me up. Even with her cold she put on a number of shows and had a ball. The same seller had Sleeping Beauty figures that were very similar to the puppets so I had to get that set for her as well. Her Aunt Yin-Yin, cousin Brooke, Uncle Todd & Aunt Yo-Yo all went in on the puppets and the puppet theatre. Thanks guys!! And yes I had to get her a theatre to go with them. I mean a girl can't put on a real show without the stage!
I gave this to her after her 3 1/2 hour nap - poor sick baby - but you'd never know if from her smile! How adorable is she? It even has a light!
Here I surprised her when she was behind the stage.
I won't bore you with any of her other shows but it really helped her keep busy while she was resting with this cold all weekend.
When I asked her what she wanted for her birthday she had said princess dolls. I clearly know my daughter because I had picked up these two porcelain dolls right after Christmas.
And here is Snow White. They even look alike.
She was being very careful with them and asked me to put them up high so they stay safe. You've got to love a practical girl. Here's one of my favorite shots of the day.
Yes I know I went overboard this year but she is such a sweet little girl that truly appreciates everything I do for her that I couldn't resist. It was more for me than for her. In fact, I think I enjoyed it more and I am so blessed to be her Mom. It's hard for me to believe I didn't know her 3 years ago. Whatever did I do without her?
And believe it or not, she'll be having a fourth 4th Birthday party down in Texas when we head south again to visit my sister and the kids. Poor Lexie - no one loves her!