Wow, this weekend was a whirlwind of activity as our oldest turned 5. She had such a good time. She insisted that she wanted a Chuck E. Cheese party even though she had never been there before. She was only allowed to invite 5 friends on a Chuck E. Cheese budget, so it was a tough decision for her. I think her party was a great success. The children ran around playing games and using tokens. It was interesting to see the difference in strategy. The older kids knew all about the tickets and prizes and they spent much of the time playing the games. June, Robyn and some of the other kids enjoyed the rides and playing on the slides more. They are very organized there and they brought pizza at the right time and the kids loved dancing and singing with Chuck E. Cheese. They provide a cake and some gifts for the birthday child. As a parent, it was pretty low-key. All I had to do was watch children and count heads over and over. They had a really good time and I think we may be back next year for Robyn's birthday.
June giving Chuck E. Cheese a hug
It took her few tries to blow out the candles
Afterwards, we took her quickly to get her birthday balloon. We have a tradition that the birthday child can choose any balloon at Zurchers (even the huge ones on the wall). Last year Robyn chose a huge pink pig. It was bigger than she was. This year June got a Welcome Baby balloon. I guess she liked the heart and polka dots because I couldn't talk her into anything else.
We whisked her home and Grandma was waiting for her (having driven down through a blizzard that morning.) Grandma Cazier (Ty's Mom) always takes the kids out for their birthday and spoils them just a bit. But I don't mind too much since she doesn't see them often enough. She took June out for the rest of the evening and I think they had a blast. June is a born shopper (she may get that from me). I am so sorry that I did not get any pictures of June with Grandma. I got home late from the Relief Society Broadcast and it was so fun to relax and watch June show off all her fun stuff and listen to Grandma talk about their evening. So you have to imagine June with many outfits, a new scooter and plenty of smiles on her face.
But it didn't end there. Her real birthday was Sunday and so we busted out with family presents and another cake. I like making one, and everyone should have cake on their birthday. Plus it was worth it watching her blow the candles out. I think she blew eleven times.
June got Princess Crayons from Ivory (or from Mom's trip to Disneyland)
June got new scriptures. We are excited to mark passages with her.
June's cake, talk about sugar...
Happy Birthday my big girl! These five years have been so fun. You are so smart and learn new things everyday. Don't grow up too quickly. Here are some pictures of her birthdays through the years.