This past Thursday our oldest daughter turned nine... NINE!!! The last of the single digits! Where has the time gone?!? It seems like just yesterday (November 25, 2002 to be exact - which is a special day for us, and easy to remember) that I prayed that if I happened to be pregnant (I thought I might be) that we would be blessed with a daughter. A few months later I couldn't stop the tears, when they told us that our first baby girl was on her way. I was so happy! The months of bed rest were worth every minute, and we are so blessed to have her in our life.
As I mentioned the other day, the birthday girl requested a "Camping" and/or "Waterslide" theme, so I did my best to combine the two. You can see a few more pictures of her cake in this post. She loved it!!!
.: At the Waterslides :.
Thursday afternoon was the perfect day to go to the waterslides. The weather was warm, and we were able to avoid the weekend crowds. The last time I took the kids to these waterslides was when Twinkle Toes was a newborn and Hubby was off fighting a fire - too young for any of them to really remember what it was like. We all had a great time!
I felt like a kid again, racing the birthday girl down the slides!
It was SO. MUCH. FUN!!!!
Hubby & I took turns taking Snuggles and Rose. Snuggles LOVED the slides, but Rose wasn't quite sure... She'd ask to go, and then say "Whoa.... whoa.... whoa... whoa... WHOA.... WHOA... whoa... whoooaaaa..." the whole way down. Then she'd take a 30 minute break before asking to go again. It was so cute!
Everyone was starving by the time our passes ran out, so instead of heading home to roast hotdogs and those marshmallows pictured above, we headed to the pizza parlor. Yummm.....
.: Time for Cake :.
.: Birthday Gifts :.
Twinkle Toes' main gift was the trip to the waterslides, but she also was very excited to open a few more gifts at home, after blowing out those nine candles.
Her older brothers "spent" the last of their Summer Bingo tickets to purchase a little American Girl Pet (from Costco) for her and her dolls. She was beyond excited!
She also loved the sweet letter from her little sister.
Twinkle Toes also received a living room set to furnish that "one empty room" in her dollhouse. In addition to some new clothing, books, and a nightlight.
We ended up not having time to pitch the tent and sleep outside, so instead I moved the coffee table and the kids all slept
in the living room under the stars!