I first want to apologize for my absences here and there. I am trying desperately to get my act together with birthdays, Valentine’s Day, PTA, regular crap and work all going on. I got a whole new class on Friday which puts me at 250+ kids. Help me.
We had Olivia’s birthday party with family this weekend and it was perfect! Ever since we went to see Disney on Ice in December, Olivia has been asking for Honest John. Oh, you don’t recall who that is? He’s the villainous fox who takes Pinocchio to Pleasure Island and sells him to Stromboli. He’s a random villain and my daughter was obsessed with him. The internet failed me; I couldn’t even find him on ebay which is usually my best friend for Olivia and her stuffed friend wants. I mentioned it to my MIL because she lives for making things for Olivia. She loves to sew and is very good at it. She was officially on a mission to deliver an Honest John to Olivia for her birthday. We were all beside ourselves to see her open him. We saved him for last and her reaction did not disappoint! She also had been asking for Magenta from Blues Clues and my SIL was able to secure not only a Magenta, but in pillow pet form.
I dare you not to have a huge smile on your face for the rest of the day while thinking about this video!! Gabe was the cameraman so it’s a little shaky…but still captures the essence of Olivia…pure joy!
We opened presents first, then enjoyed a spaghetti and meatballs dinner, then sang Happy Birthday and enjoyed the beautiful cake made by my awesome sister. It was a perfect “You are my sunshine” party!
When we finally dug into the cake, there was a surprise inside!
Gabe decided to give her Reese’s flowers!!! How sweet is that?
If I could just get one decent picture of myself, I would be so excited. Hurumph. I swear I’m way cuter than I look in pictures.
And I never, ever get tired of this. For years, we couldn’t sing to Olivia because she would cry. For the last few years, we finally can and it’s the best! She loves every second of it.
The best part about all of my pictures? Most of them are blurry because she was too excited to hold still. That’s a good party, no?
We’ll celebrate on Wednesday, her actual birthday, with cupcakes at school, a soccer game and our presents to her. Then next weekend, wish me lots of luck because we are having a faux slumber party with….17 girls!!! We can’t wait!
It’s hard to believe that my baby girl will be 12 on Wednesday, isn’t it?