Today our baby girl turned 5 years old! We started the day with a special breakfast of doughnut holes. Later on in the day the party began! We had lots of friends and family come over to celebrate. Emma wanted an Octonauts theme, so that is what she got! We handmade some of the decorations, like the happy birthday sign and the hanging jellyfish. Uncle Eric helped with the decorations and food preparation, and everything went great. She even got her first pinata, which everyone got a few hits on before it finally unleashed its bounty. Our little girl is growing up, and we can't wait to see the wonderful girl she grows up to be!
The girls adore their Poppa. He is a very hands on Poppa and does anything and everything for his girls. They have such a wonderful bond and they love each other deeply. Emma and Abby play chase with him, games, watch shows, talk and talk, and they just love any moment they can get with him. They love to sing for him, dance for him, cater to him when he comes over with drinks and snacks. They would rather spend every moment playing with him than almost anything else.
The girls took some very basic swim lessons at the local pool park and enjoyed it for what it was. It was a 30 minute class with two instructors and 10 students. That gave each child about 3 minutes in the water... not the best classes but they had fun. We are currently looking into getting them some lessons at a different location.
While Ray was in Tennessee I had several days of quality time with my girls. One of the things we did was go to lunch together just the three of us. Our girls really enjoy Mexican food, so I took them to Casa Ole. I was able to get Emma to eat a cheese enchilda for the 1st time. They were super sweet, well behaved and we made a really nice memory together.
Emma Elizabeth will be 5 in seven days and a part of our preparations for her special day was shopping for one of her outfits for pictures. We went to Kohl's and she had a great time looking over the selection before settling on this super cute dress.
As you can tell from the pictures of our Abby Grace - who now tells you her name is Abigail, she has enjoyed several naps no matter where she is.... She is in the stage of severe independence and not wanting to nap even though her little body really needs them.
There have been several days of just playing with their blocks, princess castle, Octonauts etc... then you have days where they just want to dress up and have you take pictures of them. We have had races in the house, games of tag, playing hula hoop with Poppa, and just being loving, sweet, girls. "Homework" is a time where they sit at the table and work in binders that we created with some work for both girls. They really like doing school work and we pray this continues until they are out of college.
Even with all of the rain we had a great family fun filled time at our house. Ray did a terrific job of doing the BBQ in the rain. We had a feast of hamburgers, hotdogs, sausage, baked beans, and Ray even made homemade potato salad!
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