Steve and I have a little friend named Audrey. She belongs to our long-time friends Scott and Nadine. Audrey holds a special little place in my heart because I've watched her grow since before she was even born. I remember meeting up with S & N at the Minnesota State Fair in 2005, seeing them for the first time since I found out they were pregnant, congratulating them on their exciting news.
Steve and Scott play disc golf and poker together (a lot) and Nadine would come over to my place to veg while the boys were out. We were really good couch potatoes together. I had a red futon that we would fold out into a bed. We'd lay there for hours with the electric blanket, watching chick flicks and snacking and talking politics. Nadine's belly grew and grew, but she was one of those that barely gained weight while pregnant...she was ALL adorable belly. And she wore high heels the whole time too.
Audrey was born March 23, 2006 and by this time Steve and I were in the thick of wedding plans. I remember rocking/bouncing infant Audrey to sleep at our groom's dinner on May 18th and being quite smitten with her. As I watch Audrey grow up, I can't help but think that's what my marriage looks like...it's a feisty 4 year old, just like Audrey. Heehee.
When Scott called to invite us to Audrey's birthday party, he said we could bring our niece(s) if we wanted (um, YES). Nora is just a few months older than Audrey and we thought they would probably get along really well.
First, we took Nora to Target to pick out Audrey's birthday gift. We were advised that anything princess or Barbie would be well received. I tried to steer Nora toward a cool Barbie & Bicycle, but she insisted on going with Barbie & Horsey. Turns out Audrey had been eyeing that Horsey with her mama the other day to which Nadine had said "maybe you'll get it for your birthday". Apparently, great 4 year old minds think alike.
Within minutes of meeting each other, they were in dress up clothes playing 'house' or 'princess' or some such pretending. They rotated between that, trampoline, and swings until the party really got started with cake, presents and a My Little Pony pinata.
Of course, one of the best things about kiddie birthday parties for me is that I can get away with dressing a little goofy. Observe...
I love this big bow headband I purchased from Etsy shop Pink Zombies, but have a hard time finding occasions to wear it. So far, I've worn it for Minnie Mouse (Disney Cruise) and now to a 4 year olds birthday party. Totally appropriate, I think. Wasn't able to get my bangs to look quite right, but thankfully kids don't notice or care about things like that.