I guess I never did a recap of Ashlynn's birthday, did I?
Well here is how the day went down.
I got up a 4 to make cinnamon rolls.
It was worth it, they were so, so good.
The night before, Ryan and his dad were up until 1am putting together her present in the dark.
We decided to get her a trampoline.
Best purchase ever.
She spends hours on it a day, it has a lock on it so basically its like a playpen for big kids.
Walking down the steps into the front yard...
Her first glance of her new "jumpoline"
That smile is pure joy.
She and Rapunzel thoroughly enjoyed it.
Later in the day my mother and sister in law took the girls on a walk to the park and we had a picnic for lunch.
That night we just had a low-key dinner at home.
We were saving up our energy for the real party on Saturday.
Now let me just say that the Lord has been after me lately with letting things go of how I would like them done.
I envisioned the party layout a completely different way than it happened.
My thought was to string banners all throughout the trees to look the the city where Rapunzel was from. Unfortunately, we also happened to have a major windstorm the same day and NOTHING would stay strung up. We had little sunburst flags all over the yard.
And my thought of having the tables all set nice and cute was also a bust.
Oh well. The food was unbelievable good and she had fun.
The one piece of decor that survived,
a yarn braid of hair.
Her favorite part was the painting table.
As in, while everyone else ate, she stayed at the table by herself to paint.
The other comical part was trying to light the candles.
The wind was blowing too hard.
Ryan was able to get the top one to light and we quickly sang happy birthday.
By the time the song was done, there was no flame to blow out and the top cupcake fell on the ground.
It was ridiculous and hilarious.
It just goes to show you that none of that other stuff matters.
Ashlynn was blessed, our guests had fun and left really full, and our neighbors were graced with all of our flyaway decorations.
I so enjoyed celebrating the life of our daughter and that is what I will remember.