I have a tendency in my mind to do a lot of "what if" or "what will I do when..." thinking at the most random times. It drives Adam nuts, but I'm a planning, and a sufferer of extreme, horrible generalized anxiety. I've been thinking for years how we would handle birthday in our home and I'm happy to say we've handled them with grace, a low budget, but lots of love and laughter. As someone said to me, we want to set the bar low so we can only go up from here =)
Here is a video of her birthday for those who wish to watch, and for family and friends who couldn't be here to celebrate with us!
We had a wonderful night with family opening presents, eating cupcakes and watching Autumn buzz around the house. She loved being the center of attention all evening and was happy to put on a show.
|She LOVED it! I totally scored some major mommy points that morning. As she was eating her birthday donut in bed, I snuck down to grab it and she was in heaven the rest of the day. Dora never left her side.|
|The day of her birthday we made cupcakes for her little party. She was actually a big help. I love having her around - most of the time. Here she was putting the cupcake liners in for me.|
|This is actually a little seat for her kitchen, but a few weeks ago she realized it made a very sturdy stool to get around the kitchen counters better. She's into everything now!|
|My cupcakes getting Autumn's seal of approval.|
|Autumn loves Ernie and the characters from Play with Me Sesame, so I found some examples of cupcakes off Pinterest (where else!) and gave it my best shot. Not my best work, but she knew who and what they were, so I considered it a win-win.|
|Keeping her away from them until the party was the real trick...|
|How she even knew what to do with this, I'll never know. She must have seen Dora do it!|
|This girl loves her shoes! It's not unusual to find her trying on my pairs laying around the house, so she was super excited to get her very own pair from my Aunt Sue!|
Thanks to our family who helped celebrate Autumn's day!