Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy 3rd Birthday, Eden Grace! ♥

I can hardly believe my tiny 6 lb. 8 oz. baby girl is THREE. She was just born. Seriously... can we slow this ride down a bit, please?

No longer a fuzzy headed bundle of squishable softness, she is an enchanting angel possessing all the charm that poets have ever written to describe little girls.

Since the guest of honor is a lover of all things pink and princess-ish, a castle cake was required. Sadly, it got a little droopy. =( Guess I didn't build it up to code. Seth did a structural analysis for me and determined that the layers weren't level enough (the corners weren't touching; I filled it in with frosting. Looked good last night...) So lesson learned: must have VERY flat, level layers.

We do not always have parties for our children's birthday... we always celebrate but sometimes with just simple cake and ice cream and gifts after Sunday dinner. Eden's last birthday, we had just moved into our homes, and Maddie's last birthday came directly after Leila's LITERAL birth day, so it has been a while since we had a PARTY. And even this party wasn't elaborate. As the kids get older, I would like to do more... Seth however draws the line at renting the bouncy tent. ☺

Anyway, we had simple (easy) fare: baked potatoes and/or nachos with an array of toppings to choose from. Nacho cheese, chilli, chives, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, shredded cheese and butter. 'Cuz butter should always be offered.

Eden is a wonderful birthday girl. She adores every gift, squealing with delight as each is presented. She cheerfully lets her sister or cousins help her unwrap. She seems to relish being the birthday girl and it is really fun to watch.

Birthday parties really demonstrate the differences between my two older girls. Eden, as you can see in the pictures, is having a blast being sung to. If this was Maddie, she would be buried in her Daddy's neck at this point, wishing that everyone would just leave their gifts and go home. Or at least stop looking at her! Even Maddie was telling me today how funny Eden was while we sang to her. "She wasn't scared at all!' Maddie laughed. "I know!" I agreed. "Maybe when it's your birthday next time, you won't be afraid either?" To which Maddie laugh and said "NO, I probably will be." Hmmmm. I don't get it.

By now, I have (finally) cleaned up all the mess of a birthday party with 10 children enjoying birthday cake and ice cream. Eden has tried on every piece of dress up clothing and accessory. The tricycle has been assembled and named a motorcycle. (Eden has decided it was too hard and gave it to Maddie... just don't tell Grandpa.) New markers have made their marks on my dining room table (thank you, T for getting washable ones!!!) Naps have been taken. Eden's new lip gloss has been (liberally) applied to everyone except Daddy and Leila, though Eden repeatedly offers to let Leila be "pretty" too. Frosting has been washed from the door knobs throughout the house. Daddy is working and I must get the frosting washed off the bodies and hair of my girls so that they can be clean for church (and Mother's Day!).

Happy Birthday, Princess Pinky! I love you and thank God for you.



Jamiee said...

Please give Eden huge birthday HUGS & KISSES from us... So hard to believe shes 3 already... I sent her a card and do hope she got it today, if not then it will be there Monday... She sure looks like she had fun..

Marisa said...

LOVE ones of her sitting by her cake smiling! sooooooo cute! funny how kids are sooo different!