Monday, December 8, 2008

Happy Birthday Sugar Plum Fairy!

This weekend we celebrated Emmalee's fifth birthday. It is hard for me to believe that she is already 5. She said yesterday (her actual birthday) that she didn't feel any different than the day before when she was still 4. Apparently she thought being 5 would change how she felt!

Five years ago today, when I held Emmalee for the first time after I left ICU, I made a promise that I wouldn't miss a second of her birthdays until she went to school. Each year I have taken December 7 off and spent every second with her. Yesterday was no exception. Next year will be hard for me since she will be in school, but I am sure we will all survive!

Emmalee had a ballerina themed birthday party on Saturday at her dance studio in Carrollton. It was great fun for all the kiddos and the adults there watching them. They played on the trampoline, a slide, the tumbling mats, an obstacle course, and played dress up and put on make up. Emmalee declared it "the best birthday party I have ever had!" I felt the same way.

Yesterday (Sunday), we took her to dinner in Chillicothe and then we went to look at Christmas lights. She absolutely loves Christmas lights. We toured to the Festival of Lights at the park and then went to Jenkins Christmas Village. Both of the girls loved it, and we loved watching them have so much fun.

Thanks to all who came to the party, called her yesterday, or sent her a card. I have included some pictures from this weekends festivities.

Here is Emmalee after playing dress up-very colorful!

Emmalee anxiously anticipated opening her gifts and eating her cake.

Not to be left out of the fun, here's a shot of Tori by the mini trampoline. She loved actually getting to go inside the dance studio instead of waiting in the front for sister to be finished with dance lessons.

My little rock stars in training. Emmalee is apparently going through a phase where she likes Hannah Montana-not my favorite interest for her, but I am sure it will pass.

A picture of the girls at the Christmas Village-it was pretty chilly last night.

A snapshot of the girls with Frosty the Snowman. Tori was very taken with him and kept giving him high fives!
Now that the big fifth birthday is over we are full speed ahead for Christmas celebrations. I think I may have finally gotten the perfect Christmas card picture!