Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Birthday Girl

You were two months old. This tiny little baby. This little bean.

My little B, now four years old. Do I see Roller Derby in her future?

I can't believe my baby girl is FOUR! It seems like such a milestone to me. She's now approaching school age. She's growing by leaps and bounds. She asked for roller skates for her birthday, which is what we got her. Seeing her with them on and all of her gear (which saved her knees and elbows on several falls!) just makes her look even older.

For her birthday, we did a backyard family BBQ. It's what we've done for every birthday for her and it's what she asked for again.

The weather turned out to be perfect. It was warm enough for the kids to run around in swim suits and enjoy water play and birthday games, but there was enough cool shade for the adults to also enjoy being outside. We had a big tub of ice full of beverages and people just sat around it talking and watching the kids. We also had a game of washers going for the adults, so everyone really had fun!

I have resolved that this year I would have some planned activities and that I would spend more time interacting with the kids, and that's just what I did. The downside to this was that I didn't get many pictures! Thank goodness my mom took a few with my camera.

We played a baseball game where you toss a water balloon at buckets of water and the person standing by the bucket swings at the balloon with a plastic baseball bat. That was a fun game! Then we played a fishing game. I made little fish out of colored index cards and attached paper clips to them. We used two magnetic fishing poles (from our kiddie pool toys) to let the kids go fishing. They got a prize out of the corresponding colored bag based on the fish they caught. They all had small gift bags for their booty. Then we whacked a pinata (which Brenna INSISTS on for each birthday) and they filled their bags the rest of the way with candy. Good fun had by all!

The next day Brenna wore a Tinkerbell party hat to church ("So everyone will know it was my birthday") and didn't take it off all day. She was bummed it wasn't her birthday any more, but had fun playing with all of her new toys.

A puppy tea party to welcome the newest addition to the puppy family, a pink and white poodle named Poodle.

She turns four and suddenly becomes and artist. She drew this picture in church the day after her birthday. It is honestly the first picture she's drawn that is a full picture with corresponding colors. She called it Spring (note the red flower and green grass) and said she thought we (the orange people in the picture are Brenna and me) looked a little "funky". I told her I thought we looked beautiful! I can't imagine what other doors will open this year.

It is very exciting!


Jacqniel said...

Brenna is such a beautiful, sweet little girl - and so entertaining! What an imaginiation.
Tell her Miss Jacque says Happy Birthday!

Jenifer said...

I wish our backyard and house were big enough for such a party. It sure looks like a good time was had by all.

Happy B-day Brenna!

Midwest Beach Girl said...

What a doll! And good job planning the party mom! It looks like it was a lot of work, but worth it.

nikkis30by30 said...

How FUN!!! B's little imagination never ceases to amaze... and amuse... me! She is so much fun! What a great little lady. Please ask her to draw me a pretty picture that I can hang on my fridge. I can't wait to see what she will come up with!!

Beck said...

"Funky" - heh! What a cute little artist she is!
And I'm glad she had a happy birthday - it looks like a wonderful party.

Mimi said...

that does sound like a great party -- and it sounds like you enjoyed yourself too. four years old, i can't even imagine how the time must really be flying by. congratulations to you both for maturing with such grace and verve ;-)

Alpha DogMa said...

Happy Belated B-day, B!

Quite the little artiste you have there. And the party looks fun. I might try that balloon game next time we camp.

Michelle said...

sounds like it was a great bbq birthday party! She looks adorable in her roller skates! and wow she is quite the artist!