Friday, February 27, 2009


Today was the big day, for Paul and for Alex.
Except we did most of our celebrating earlier this week, due to the fact that Paul is on call today.

Noah and I did, however, get up early to make them breakfast in bed.
(okay Alex wasn't really allowed to eat hers in bed, just daddy)
Belgian waffles, whipped cream, strawberries, and Izzes.

For Alex, the celebration began on Tuesday with her long awaited 
"Princess Party"

After deliberating for what seemed to me like hours, she decided on her Cinderella dress.

One thing Alex was very specific about was the "muffins"
(i.e. cupcakes)
Chocolate, with pink frosting, and pink hearts.
I did my best to fulfill her wish.
I even went so far as to add pink sprinkles.
Made her day.
(good thing I took the time to make those cupcakes from scratch - the kind with the yummy cream cheese and chocolate chip filling.  cuz at least half of the kids only ate the frosting.  which was also made from scratch, per Paul's request.)

Most pictures of Alex look like this - squinty closed eyes, but look at that happy face!

The Project:
decorating tiaras
(I got Noah a visor)

Alex had the sweetest little look on her face as we sang "Happy Birthday" to her.

Making a wish...

A few of the princesses
(check out Alex's evil eye)

Opening presents was the best - Alex always gives a great reaction.
This was her face every time.
Now add a lot of gasps and squeals from her and you've got the idea.

After the party we let Alex choose where to go for lunch with the family.  She picked Noodles and Company and ate mac and cheese to her hearts content.

For Paul, the celebration began on Monday night, when we dropped the kids off with our friends and enjoyed a nice dinner together.
And even some shopping afterwards.
(I let Paul pick his own presents, it just works better that way)

One more birthday story...
I was asking the kids what they wanted me to write in their dads birthday card.  They both started telling me all the things they love about their dad.  One of Alex's was, "I love when he comes to visit me."
Apparently she's not clear on the fact that he actually lives here.

Happy Birthday 
to an amazing Husband and Father 
to our beautiful little girl, who's not so little anymore.

I love you both!


[BrookeO] said...

Awww. Cute! Happy Birthday guys!!!!!
When we gettin' together...been awhile. Miss ya chicka!

Faye said...

Those pictures of Alex are priceless! Wish I could have been there for the princess party - she is adorable.

Michele and John said...

i love the picture of alex while you are singing to her, and the one of her evil eye. what a funny girl! glad your party went well. looks like she really had a good day. by the way your pictures look good! addicted to editing yet?

Randy and Tiffany said...

Ok, you always throw the best kids birthday parties ever! I need to start taking notes...
Alex looks so happy and adorable as ever! I love her low-cut Cinderella dress...I can almost see her "bibs." :)
And nice job on the cupcakes...I have been craving those "surprise" cupcakes with the yummy cream cheese I must make them!
Happy Birthday to Alex and Paul! We miss you guys and love you both and wish we could have been there to celebrate with you all! :) XOXO

Lynnette said...

I can't believe how much alex looks like you summer! Such cute girls you are. She looks like she had the best birthday ever.

mnjacksons said...

what a great party the girls had so much fun. i love the picture with Ellie giving out the sexy shoulder vibe. he he .little princess are adorable.

Steph & Wade said...

I know you say you aren't good at throwing parties but WOW, from the tiaras to the homemade cupcakes it couldn't have been better. You can tell Alex is in heaven, well and Kaelene. I'm so glad our kids are such good friends. :)

Greg G. said...

Happy Birthday!

Sarah said...

What a perfect party, Summer! Seriously, you throw the best kid birthday parties I am totally sad we live so far away! Those cupcakes look and sound divine and Alex's face could not be any cuter in those pictures.

Anna said...

Happy birthday Alex and Paul! Alex looks so pretty in her princess dress, and I love her blue eyes! I can't believe she's three. That means Jay's only 6 months away from being 3 himself! It goes so fast.

Tracey and Tom said...

We're glad everyone had a great birthday, looks like a ton of fun! Too bad Paul didn't get a princess party! Good luck with the no pet policy...maybe a hedgehog would fun... maybe... :)