Aug 22, 2013

Happy Birthday Athélie!!!

Haha! I love her answers.

Of course we had a little photo shoot. I might have to have at least one more photo shoot before the birthday celebrations are over.

So expressive. Her eyes light up her whole face. I can't believe how big she has gotten. Time really does go by so fast.

She is the girliest girl you will ever meet. Refuses to wear shorts or t-shirts and always wants to wear a dress. Dressing up in tutus is even better. And wearing a princess crown is a perfectly normal every day occurrence. When she gets excited - she talks. And talks. And talks so much and so fast that her words stumble on each other so that she can barely get out her next thought. And then she'll end up losing her voice because she talked so much. And she'll pretty much tell you anything. Which is a dangerous thing. I have to be careful about what I say to her if I don't want her repeating it. She is a fun loving little girl who is learning to be brave. Trying new things. She loves color, music, dancing. She is super artistic and colors in the lines like a pro. And is super affectionate. And is always ready to give a hug or a kiss. She loves her sister and plays with her all day every day which makes my heart happy.

Thinking back to her birth-day it has been our prayer since she was born that she will live out the meaning of the name and that she would exalt and praise God in all she does. And that she would grow to be a wise woman from a young age.

“For you have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth. From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you.”
Psalm 71: 5-6

Aug 19, 2013

Taylee's Princess Rainbow 4 Year Old Party

This past weekend we celebrated Athelie's birthday.  It was a rainbow princess celebration.

Remember my inspiration board? Well, the whole party turned out even better than I could have hoped for.

I thought it would be cute if all the kids came in their favorite rainbow color and Taylee was dressed in a white. A good friend gave us this white princess dress which was the perfect party dress for her to wear. Stasiya also looked exceptionally festive dressed in rainbow colors.

I tried to have rainbow themed food too. 

The menu looked like this:

Rainbow colored fruit skewers
Rainbow colored veggie platter
Cheese Puffs per Taylee's request
Green and Black olives because they are her favorite
Beet Salad with Blue Corn Chips
and homemade Mac & Cheese

It was actually cold and rainy. Shocking for August in South Carolina. So I set up tables inside for the kids to decorate gold crowns. They each got a baggie of jewels, stickers, and feathers to put on their crown. It was a big hit. All the kids had so much fun gluing things on.

We had a whole bunch of girls and only one boy. He was the "Prince" with all the "Princesses".

I was super nervous about making a layered rainbow cake. But it turned out great! Beautiful plus it tasted great too.

After the party - they got dressed up in their fancy new clothes.

In case you are wondering...yes I made everything. The wands. The giant number 4. The photobackdrop on the cake table. Plus, I didn't get a picture of the rainbow colored paint chip garlands I had handing in the entry way. It was quite festive.

I officially have a "party" box which I keep all my party supplies in. I try to reuse as much as possible and add a few things to it with each party. It's kind of fun being able to pick and choose what to use and to have options.