Tuesday, July 12, 2016

rite of passage

*Been on a blogging hiatus as we've recently moved and have been without internet!  We're finally moved in.. far from settled but hopefully I can get caught up this week!
My girl has been asking for a while to get her ears pierced.  I had decided to wait until she asked for them, rather than do them when I wanted to (which would have been when she was about 3!)  I figured if she wanted it badly enough, she wouldn't mind the poke!
So since her party was on the weekend and her real birthday was a few days later I thought we could make her real day special, too.  So I invited Lily over for a sleepover the night before.
We played a little Pie Face!
The girls were so sweet reading in their sleeping bags before bed.  It cracks me up Kerigan has a double bed but the girls always want to sleep on the floor in their sleeping bags!
Good morning!  Happy birthday Kerigan!
Andrew is always so sweet when we celebrate Kerigan.  Why can't her birthday be everyday?  Ha!  Andrew had a STEM camp this week so I dropped him off and picked up a few more friends for our girly day!
I took them out for donuts.
They were so excited!
I took them all to Shear Madness, a girly boutique and place for kids hair cuts.  Kerigan picked out her earrings.  And side note- who doesn't love a place with leopard carpet??
The girls were all getting a spa day and she wanted to do her ears first- she did not want to wait!
She hopped up in the chair and was just bursting with excitement.
Her support system was perfect!  These girls were so sweet and happy for her.  Avery and Lily had their ears pierced already so that helped too.
Her first glance...
Then this was her face- Ha!  I think she was happy but trying to hide the shock!
All done!  She was so happy.
My girl and her new earrings
Time to get pampered!
They were enthralled with the bubbles!
They all got manis and pedis and they just had the best time.
My favorite part was Angie coming with me- having my BFF there made it an extra special day!
These are seriously the sweetest group of friends.  Kerigan is so lucky to have so many!
Avery was on vacation during Kerigan's tumbling party so we were glad she got to come today!
She felt soooo special.
The perfect way to spend your 5th birthday!
Little Divas!
Happy birthday sweet girl!
On the way home we stopped at Chick Fil A for lunch!
Then that night we celebrated turning 5 at our favorite pizza place Zeno's.  They always bring free cheesebread!  #winwin
Oh these two.
Kerigan requested Ev's ice cream instead of cake so that's what we did!
Then we went home and opened presents
Ga Ga's gift was a clue
She had to figure out what it was...
She picked up one of the tiny presents and said "Is this for my fairy garden!?"  Ha!
She had been begging for a fairy garden so Ga Ga made her wish come true.
They planned to create it on Ga Ga's birthday that weekend and she couldn't wait!
So on Saturday Ga Ga and Papa came over and they worked on Kerigan's fairy garden and had the best time.
Kerigan just loved this special time with her Ga Ga
Then we all went out to celebrate Ga Ga's birthday at Rube's Steakhouse where you grill your own steaks.  The kids loved it!
The birthday girls!
We came back to our house for cake and presents.  The kids couldn't wait to give Ga Ga their "gift!" Andrew's face cracks me up!
The big joke lately is how much Ga Ga hates birds.  So the kids found a hobby lobby $1 special and couldn't resist!
We told her she had to put it up in her house somewhere!  Ha!
Kerigan was so sweet and insisted on picking Ga Ga out some "fake" flowers.  You know, because real ones just die!  When I asked her what she wanted to get for Ga Ga this is what she came up with all on her own.  I took her to Hobby Lobby and she spent a lot of time picking out the perfect flowers in the colors Ga Ga loves.  We put them in a little vase and she was more excited to give this to Ga Ga than getting any of her own birthday presents.  
The kids had helped make a cake earlier and we all sang and celebrated!  We love an excuse to celebrate around here!
Ga Ga spent the night and when we woke up in the morning...
Fairies had come to her garden!   What a special gift!
Happy birthday Ga Ga!

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