The morning began with waffles. Not just any waffles - Belgian Waffles. The good kind made hours ahead with yeast and chunky sugar and whipped cream on top. And of course a there had to be a small gift or two from her family.
|Bitty has wanted rain boots for a very long time - just ask Aunt Sheri|
|I LOVE surprised-birthday-face|
We didn't have any special lunch plans so her dad came and picked her up for a surprise Birthday Lunch at Whole Foods - her Aunty Margaret takes her there some times and she loves going. I think it's just a happy I-am-special kind of place for her.
I love the picture I snapped of Bitty and Troy right before they left:
That girl's happy face is one of my favorite things in life. So cute.
After their lunch, we headed off for her official birthday celebration, which was to take one of her bestest friends to Build-a-Bear workshop and go bananas. We didn't go as bananas as she would have liked, but if felt pretty bananas to me.
|Introducing - Lolly the Teddy Bear!|
|Bitty's friend picked a bunny named...Samantha? Maybe?|
|Introducing....Evo! (Still not quite sure where that name came from)|
|Introducing....Rizzo! Bitty really wanted to pick a bear that no one else picked but finally caved and didn't put up a fuss when her little sister wanted the same bear.|
A note on Build-a-Bear....these things are starting to pile up at our house. They have come into our home through Christmas, birthday parties of our own and other kids' - we've got a quite a few. It's getting ridiculous but I guess I'll have to stand up for them. They're very very sweet little plushies (possibly a new noun I have just coined) and each one is known by name by everyone in the family and are deeply loved by each kid. I guess I'm just resigned to my fate of death-by-plushie as we are gradually buried alive year by year.
|This is sad but it doesn't happen often any more that my mom actually looks into a camera when her picture is being taken so this was fun and a rare chance to catch her eyes for a picture|
|Getting ready for her last surprise .....|
|A New (to us....) Bicycle from her grandparents!|
Bitty my darling girl, happy birthday and may the year ahead be a wonderful one. Sometimes I wish you came with your own instruction manual so I could be a better parent for you, but no matter what our ups and downs are each day (and the ups are definitely more frequent than the downs!) you are my treasure and I adore you. I often just sit back and look at you in wonder, trying to fathom that you are really my daughter! We are so lucky to have you!