Happy Birthday!

Happy 4th Birthday, dearest Estelle! It just seems like yesterday that the three of us were meeting each other for the first time at the hospital. Watching you grow and become your own person makes me even more excited for meeting our next dynamic family player in one short month.

We had quite the birthday weekend, 3 days of parties. First, was her pizza party at daycare. Estelle picked out the horribly bright cupcakes from the grocery store. The report back was that the icing was “awful.” Coming from a kid, it must have been bad. Someone was a little excited despite the Friday rain!

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Saturday brought much better weather, a trip to see cousin Emily at a horse show, and a spring birthday party at the grandparent’s house. Although we celebrate multiple family birthdays, Estelle got to pick the cake this year. She went the Princess route, of course.

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Today, we had an early brunch/late breakfast, and took in a theatre showing of Pinocchio at the Arden Children’s Theatre. It was awesome, just like Cinderella but in a completely different way. The creativity behind this production blows me away! It was set on a construction site with 5 construction workers using props on hand to tell the story. I was laughing more than most. Two thumbs up, way up.

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After the show, we had a very small group of friends over for a “Prince and Princess” party. We really wish we could invite more people, but our modest house was at capacity! We prepped everything beforehand, and kept it simple. Just a few snacks, mostly cake and drinks, and crown decorating. The lemonade, strawberry water, and cucumber water options were novel enough that we forgot to offer the booze in the fridge, and maybe nobody noticed? You know you’re old when…

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The little figurine cake topper was from either my sister’s 4th birthday or mine, it’s retro…maybe even vintage.

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The chocolate cake was my first attempt at a from-scratch cake AND icing masterpiece. I did it over the course of a night and morning. It turned out quite nicely, and I highly recommend the recipe. It was rich, but not too dense or sweet.

This party was my last dose of craftiness before baby. It might take me another 4 years to get to this point again. Too bad I didn’t allow enough time to take proper photos!

I think we need a weekend from the weekend. It was busy, but so very nice. Thank you to all of our friends and family who helped make it wonderful!

Stephanie

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