We have had quite the week! The kids were out of school on Thursday and Friday (and they will be tomorrow too!) for teacher inservice and conferences. Laethym's birthday celebrations started on Wednesday since there would be no school on her actual birthday, which was Friday.
At 10pm on Tuesday night, after a crazy-busy day (and a little girl who should have long been asleep), Laethym came out to proclaim that she REALLY wanted cupcake pops for her classroom treat (the next day). Her friend had, had a birthday celebration that day and her mom brought in cake in a cone with frosting as "ice cream". Super cute, not something most of them had seen before. Laethym wanted her own WOW treat (did I mention it was 10PM??). Oh boy.
I had tons of computer work to get done, so I spent the rest of the night working on that, resolving myself to the fact that I would just have to pick something fun up from the store in the morning (because cupcake pops are A LOT of work). I crawled into bed in the wee small hours of the morning and fell promptly asleep...
When we all got up in the morning, poor Laethym's face fell as the realization that she wasn't going to get her special treat (the way she wanted it) set in. I felt horrible. Once the older kids were at school, I got the younger ones fed and ready for the day. My wonderful sister-in-law came and picked up Payton for preschool, so I worked through that time baking and freezing and shaping and freezing and dipping, etc, etc.
Avonleigh was home sick all that week with a horrible cough and zero energy, so I didn't have to worry about picking her up from Kindergarten, and worked through that time too! Finally at 12:15 (we needed to be there at 12:30), I threw Bup and Chooch in the car and off to the school we went! It was a fun and cute celebration - I love that her teacher puts such an important emphasis on the children's birthday's!
A few shots from her class party...
The finale to a spirited rendition of Happy Birthday!
The beautiful birthday girl
Showing off her cupcake pop...pirate style? AAARRR!
Avonleigh and Zeke enjoy theirs at the back table
Good to the last bite!
Waetum wuvs her wittle brudder
My blue-eyed boy
Laethym was so surprised when I walked into her classroom with all the cupcake pops! It was definitely worth all the work to make her special day, perfect!
If I wasn't in such a hurry, I would have photographed the cake pop process (it's so fun!), but instead, I'll direct to over to the original creator of these ingenious little goodies:
Bakerella <------click here
Laethym got to spend Wednesday night at her best friend's house, then had a fun morning and lunch at McDonald's with them!
Thursday evening she was taken to a professional magic show with two of her other friends (and totally spoiled with backstage passes and a meeting with the magicians)!
Friday was THE BIG DAY! Her actual BIRTHday had finally come! I took her out to lunch at her favorite restaurant (New China Buffet) where she was surprised by Grandma coming to join us! She was over-the-moon happy! After lunch we whisked her away to Corvallis Nail Spa for mani/pedis with Aunt Molly!
It was the first mani/pedi I've ever had and may I just say I HAVE BEEN MISSING OUT!! I would go just for the pedicure every week if I could - it was amazing! They did a long hot stone massage and I about died and went to heaven!
Only a few pictures from the spa, because I totally put my camera away and enjoyed some time with the girls!
Laethym soaking her feet while she has her nails painted
My ugly toes - most improved with the ruby red nail polish!
I had a french manicure with pink tips in "June Bride" - I love it!
A quick shot of her fancy hair for the day!
She truly was the princess of the WEEK! It's a special birthday and one I want her to remember FOREVER! Eight is the age of accountability in our church and the age at which children are baptized. She is really excited to be baptized in the next month or so!
I'm really proud of this little girl and how hard she strives to do the right things and be a good person. She is the first to ask if she can help with something, she always puts others first, she has a wonderfully cheery disposition, she is an enormous help around the house - not to mention an excellent student!
Laethym Marie you are the perfect child [I reserve the right to revoke this statement when you hit teenagehood] !
We love you so much and are so blessed to have you as a daughter!
Mom and Dad