The other day our little Anna-Banana turned six. She was so excited about her big day, she could hardly go to sleep the night before. I'm sure she didn't really have a clue what her birthday-day would bring, but she knew it was really something special! And we would be celebrating the whole day with our two little princesses!
The first thing in the morning, when I went into the girls' bedroom to wake them up for school, Annie looked up at me with her sleepy eyes. She held up all five fingers of one hand and one finger on her other hand, and said, "Mama, I six!" The big announcement, and the big day, had arrived! Her sister already had a birthday gift for her, so before breakfast, they were both tumbling and twirling around, and they finally settled down for a few minutes so Annie could open the gift that Gracie had purchased at the school store for her sister.
And they couldn't be without their princess crowns! The first birthday gift of the day was a sparkly pink beaded necklace. And she wore it proudly all day long . . .. but the crown stayed at home while the girls were at school. And then they were off and running for the day!
The really big event was the cake party in the evening. So, we quick baked a cake after school and took it out of the oven to cool, just before we had to head over to the school for conferences. An hour or so later, we came home and frosted the cake, had our supper, and then had cake and presents for our big birthday girl.
Since we are kind of practical around here (to say nothing of a bit short of money these days, just like most everyone else), the birthday presents were seasonal necessities . . . a new winter coat, hat and mitts, and snow boots. And then there was a little tiny totebag with some Polly Pockets inside. The girls LOVE to play with their Polly Dollies!
All in all, it was a very special birthday celebration for our sweet Annie. Now, as soon as I catch my breath, it will be time to start thinking about Christmas, and then Gracie's birthday in January, and then our youngest son's wedding in February . . . . life just keeps spinning along at quite a clip, but I wouldn't have it any other way!