09 September 2009

new traditions & new beginnings...

so i know it's been a while, but there's a reason...for now let's just start with the fun stuff!
today was VERY eventful...a certain little girl turned 5 1/2! the half is a REALLY big deal, at least to her. she's been asking since march when she would be 5 1/2, and the day has come!
the kids woke up to a mini surprise party. shockingly, they did NOT dig into the doughnuts! when i woke up, renee was dancing to music and elijah was sitting patiently at the table! {if they wake up first they are usually fighting over what they are going to watch on tv, so the fact that renee put a cd in the dvd player was completely unexpected! i was even more surprised to find that they had waited!}

I have been wanting to do this since she is SO into being her age+1/2 for a couple of years, but it usually always slips my mind. It almsot happened again this year. I left last night around 11 to get a couple of things...krispy kremes :) I imagined pancakes, but decided to be realistic! Since, I usually feed her breakfast in the car getting up to make pancakes was not likely to happen!

I also wanted balloons. 7 Walgreen's later...I had 2 helium filled balloons! 5 stores were either closed or said NO! {one lady even felt the need to have an elaborate lie} one uptown store tried to help, but was out of helium. one downtown store filled 2 before they ran out of helium. i was quite annoyed....i came home and decided to get creative. turns out--i actually like it! {if i had started any earlier than 1 am, i would have done about twice as many!}
they were so excited about the doughnuts, that they didn't notice anyway!
Renee, the little genius, caught on quickly and asked if i would bring 1/2 cupcakes to school. Her teacher thought I was crazy for even asking and said no. don't worry, you know she didn't go without the entire day!
Once she was off to school, it was time for this one to get ready to go himself! He was SOOOO excited!!! He's been waiting for this day for years--seriously! When he turned 2, he started crying because he wanted to go to school like renee. When orum started school last year, i had to hear, "everybody gets to go but me. i never get to go to school!" well the day has come!!!
he wanted to wear his hat, but i eventually talked him into leaving it at home. also notice his BIG boy outfit! this is his first button up shirt that doesn't have a peter pan collar! i guess he's really growing up.

lots of silliness...he was just too excited to stand still!
and when he was done...more balloons! he was quite excited about them. they even had his name on them! {i've always envied that junk as a child because my name could never be found! now i often see it, but misspelled.}he says that school was fun. he told me that he played with his friends {duke and seth--which is exciting since he went knowing no one!} colored, and rode bikes!
all that celebrating, just wore him out! he fell asleep 30 seconds before i pulled in the driveway, and stayed asleep while i carried him in and put him in this chair! I finally got him to wake up by putting a little bit of frosty in his mouth!
and we obviously had to have cupcakes! Being the nice mom that I am, we celebrated with whole cupcakes---with 5 1/2 candles.


katie said...

such a cute idea! i love those pics of Elijah and the balloons.

Rachel said...

What a fun mom they have! Very cute.