Tuesday, July 8, 2014

SIX is the best

I don't know why but my favorite number has always been six. Now we can't play pick a number between one and ten because you know I will always pick six. I used to say it was my favorite number because it was the best year of my life. I'm not sure about that but it was a pretty darn good year if I remember. Here's to Lily's sixth year and may it be the best year of her life, at least so far anyway.

She woke on Sunday June 29th (she was born on a Sunday as well so this was extra special) to a gift all the way from Greece. Well, the bike didn't come from Greece but it came from Granny and Grampy England who were in Greece. It is a Tinkerbell bike, in purple. Maybe the best combo ever. Now we have to officially ditch the training wheels. 
The birthday girl hat made it's appearance. Lily said it was a good thing I had two girls since we have a birthday girl hat, good thing indeed,
It's not a birthday without a breakfast of M&M pancakes.
Then it was time to hit the pavement on the new bike. She even got a bike seat for Mary from Charlotte and Elias. Gemma is now full time owner of the hand me down bike. Don't let the grin fool you, she was less than pleased to have the "old bike."
All dressed up for the day and showing off her Tinkerbell tattoo.
Then it was time to get down to work and frost some cupcakes. We had lots of volunteers to help with that job.
We made vanilla funfetti and chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes.
They are expert decorators. Expert tasters too.
It didn't take but a blink of an eye for little sprout to disappear and try out the new bike for herself. A pretty nice fit.
Before long it was time to head out to the gymnastics center for her birthday party with her classmates. We decided on the venue a month or so ago and so it was going to be a gymnastics party but Lily was not thrilled that she couldn't have a tinkerbell theme so she merged her favorites and it was a "fairy gymnastics" party.
It was her first friends party and it was a blast. We invited the whole class knowing people would be out of town in summer and about 10 came, a good mix of boys and girls.
They had all kinds of tumbling and climbing equipment. The birthday girl got to try out every station and demo them for her friends, then it was open play for them all to try it out.
They were all hot and sweaty running around. They all had a blast.
Gemma got to participate too and had so much fun. She really thinks she is a kindergartener in Lily's class so she fit right in. She has a special friend Max in Lily's class.
Both girls love gymnastics and would love to take lessons at the California Cartwheel Center.
Lily and Scarlett toss the ball on the trampoline.
Gemma did not let her size stop her and did everything. Look at this little monkey.
At the end they have a special treat for the birthday girl. She got harnessed in and got to fly like Tinkerbell!
After the hour of fun we had snacks for all the kids and of course those cupcakes! They were a hit and since we had two flavors we had a lot of requests for seconds.
Here is the whole crew! Will, Max, Gemma, Sabina, Lily, Scarlett, Grant, Eden, and Saoirse.
Once we bid farewell to her friends we headed home to relax and open presents of course. I think Lily was more than a little excited about this portion.
She got so many awesome gifts and it looked like a tissue paper bomb exploded.
She even let some of her VIP family members try out her gifts. Grandpa Lee helped out with her flying fairy, it is pretty cool.
Little sprout was eyeing the cupcakes in the next room. We invited family over for pizza that evening to celebrate Lily's birthday with us so there were plenty of cupcakes for round two.
It was a beautiful evening and we all sat outside for dinner, drinks and dessert.
It was a pretty magical day and hopefully one she will remember for a long time. The girls talk about past birthdays all the time and remember their "themes" and cakes. It makes such a special memory for their special day. It was pretty fun to wake up the next day in new PJ's and start in on some crafts with new supplies. Gemma is already planning and plotting her special day in September.
This is a slow-mo video of the cool fairy toy Goppy got Lily. 

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