Happy 5th birthday to the Prentice Princess!
The anticipation of
this her day had been mounting for months. Countdowns, special requests, invitations to casual acquaintances to attend her party...this girl was pumped.
One of those special requests was to have her birthday party (with everyone she's ever met in attendance) at Creative Discovery Museum. Given that her other ideas were her friends' house and Chuck E Cheese, I booked immediately.
In the spirit of inclusion she wanted a party with "all of the princesses"
and so we did.
And a couple of the princesses made multiple appearances.
Elsa Katie Beth and Elsa Emersyn
Cora and Katie Beth sharing secrets
It was a fun, easy party with lots of her little friends and candles on a cake that couldn't wait to be blown out until the end of the song!
Back home to open gifts with both sets of grandparents in the audience - very special!
On Monday, we celebrated again with her special snack at school...pudding, by request.
After school and gymnastics that afternoon, KB, Nana and I took a girls trip to the nail salon for pedicures in honor of the two birthday girls!
Tuesday, her actual birthday, started out with the birthday cereal of request, seated in the highly-anticpated birthday chair.
and followed up by some K-shaped pancakes.
Next up was a milestone event the birthday girl was not so pumped about, but that had become clearly necessary at our optometrist appointment the week prior...glasses for our girl with 5.5 prescription lenses.
She might not be totally sold yet, but her already-big green eyes beaming out of those thick pink and purple frames just make me smile. And she has been quick to say, "I can see that house!" "Look at that tree!" so I know we're headed in the right direction.
Back home, and into our Elsa gown, Katie Beth got a couple of special visitors - Kelsey our beloved babysitter and her Daisy...who Katie Beth believes is hers...and a baby.
After swim lessons and soccer practice (oy-vey), we all enjoyed the by-request birthday meal of hot dogs, mac n cheese, salad and pears.
And then a late-night present-opening session commenced!
Meeting her American Girl doll, whom she named Rosie, for the first time!
She had glasses (that I ordered in a panic from ebay while we were still at the optometrist), but Katie Beth said Rosie didn't like her glasses and was happy that she took them off. Baby steps.
Dear Katie Beth,
I smile as I type this, thinking of your cute face and how five years can have passed since you first fought your way into the world. You've been a fighter ever since. Sometimes to your detriment and my absolute unraveling, and other more-recent times, a fighter to the finish line or to your friend's defense. We're starting to get little glimpses of the strengths of that strong will you carry.
Smart, brave, funny, beautiful. Nurturing, sensitive, lyrical, creative. You love to dance, but couldn't take the tights. Will sing all day long, except in front of a crowd. Pickiest eater, with the appetite of a grown man. A study in contradictions...as a girl, I guess it comes with the territory.
Thank you for the hugs, the kisses "on the lips", the noodle necklaces. I love you, sweet girl and Daddy's princess. Our family is much more fun and fancy with you in it!
Annual Q and A:
Katie Beth, what is your favorite color? pink
What is your favorite toy? ballerinas
What is your favorite fruit? pears
What is your favorite tv show? Dora
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? macaroni
What is your least favorite food? mashed potatoes, tomatoes, pineapples
What is your favorite thing to wear? dresses that Grandma gives me
What is your favorite game to play? Princesses
What is your favorite snack? cheese puffs
What is your favorite animal? zebra
What is your favorite book? Strawberry Shortcake
Who is your best friend? Arianna, Madison and Lily, Emerson Miller, Emersyn Dueker, Anthony, Ruddick and John, Carly and Margo (the list goes on)
What is your favorite cereal? Rice Krispies
What is your favorite thing to do outside? jump on the trampoline
What is your favorite drink? powerade
What is your favorite holiday? Valentines
What do you like to take with you to bed? Nightlight
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? cereal
What do you want for dinner on your birthday? hot dog and macaroni
What do you want to be when you grow up? a mom
What do you like to do with your family? go on walks and bike rides and things like that. :)