Saturday, May 25, 2013

Pofahl family...come on down!

A couple of months ago the most wonderful thing happened. My best friend since fourth grade, Kristen, and her family moved to northern California!! We have only been separated across the country since we were 15 years old! Now we are both back in California and even though it is a 6 hour drive, that is nothing we can't handle. Her husband was going on a business trip so she made the long drive down with the kids to spend a few nights with us!! 
They arrived after bed time so when the kids all woke up and saw each other the party began. They went straight for the trampoline.  Charlotte is now 5 and she and Lily had a great time. Even Gemma got in on the action.
Speaking of parties. We just happened to have two birthday parties to attend that day. The first one was a school mate of Lily's. Alex and Kristen headed off to the zoo for the morning with the kids and I took Lily to Olivia's Dollhouse Tearoom for the school party.
 The place is a bit overwhelming. Each girl gets to pick a beautiful dress to wear and accessorize, then the assistants paint their nails and do fancy hair-do's. Lily chose bright purple nails since that is new new favorite color. Red lasted a couple of years so we will see how purple fares.
 They got to explore the dressing area and await the big fashion show. They had a huge pink chaise lounge. Doesn't every girl need one of these.
 The presents were placed under a pink Christmas tree. There is something on every little inch of the walls and ceilings.
 Once all the girls were made up they prepared for their turn to "walk the runway".
 They each got to choose their "princess name" and Lily chose Princess Sparkle. She was the only girl to choose to wear a hat and wore it through the whole fashion show and tea. A proper English girl.
 Then they sat down to tea at a heart shaped table. They were served finger sandwiches, hot dog bites, and cheese pizza bites. They served their own tea (pink lemonade) out of tiny porcelain pots. On the way home Lily declared she wanted to have her birthday at Olivia's Tea room.
 After the first party we returned home and had a bite to eat before gathering Kristen and Charlotte and heading out to cousin Reese's third birthday. She had a princess theme party and a real Cinderella arrived to entertain the guests. As you can see, Lily and Charlotte were hot and chose to recline in the chairs and watch.
 Cinderella sure had a bag of tricks. She did stories with puppets, ribbons, magic show. You name it, this lady had it.
She was a one woman circus show. I think she might have actually been Cinderella's older sister...much, much older sister. 
 To top it all off they had a princess bounce house. Like they didn't get enough bouncing in the trampoline. We had a hard time even getting them out of there.
On Sunday, we needed a little down time after such an eventful Saturday. We joked to the kids that we should put them to work and wash the cars. They all screamed in excitement. I guess it doesn't take much to keep kids happy. So that is what we did! 
It was the perfect weather for it. You were warm but didn't even get hot. Aren't you glad you drove 6 hours to come down and wash my car Kristen? At least we washed hers too!
Three little ladies!! Charlotte likes the "bra" swimsuits and Lily doesn't have a clue. I see a long future of pics like these.
What sunny afternoon is complete without a little sprinkler trampoline?
The right combo of fun and water.
Elias wanted nothing to do with the sprinklers but was a handy little car washer. He even gave his trucks a wash in the water table.
Kristen took the kids to her old neighbors house for the afternoon and evening so we re-grouped and prepared for more fun ahead!

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