Life is just like an old time rail journey ... delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride. -Gordon B. Hinckley
Thursday, July 14, 2011
We celebrated Eliza's birthday on the 4th.
Doesn't she look adorable here? This may have been the only smile we got all day!
The weather was so perfect! Here is everyone who could make it. We had a Mexican Fiesta (on the 4th of July...) to celebrate. Aaron grilled carne asada. Yum yum. Doesn't the bunting look so festive?
She had a pretty rough weekend leading up to her party. She broke her 2nd tooth the day before and hadn't slept barely at all as a result. So here she is... It's her party and she'll cry if she wants to!
Luckily she cheered up enough to have some fun with the cake. When we were planning the party, the only idea we really liked was ducks because she loves this cowboy rubber duck she has. I looked online at Oriental Trading Company and found some cowboy ducks, but then found patriotic ones-- both of which sounded great. But then... we found these Mariachi rubber duckies!!! There was no looking back from that point on! It was just too perfect for our fiesta! We kept them a secret from everyone so when we brought them out, we got some good laffs! We think they're pretty awesome.
She pulled a few ducks off while we sang to her.
And then I gave her a cupcake of her own.
This video mainly cracks me up because of Tiff's serenade in the background!
Instead of picking up pieces to eat, she leaned down and licked it a few times. Definitely not something she usually does so it was pretty cute. :)
She mainly just had fun making a mess.
But that wasn't enough mess for me so I gave her another one... and she made a significant mess. :)
She started throwing it and we got a good laff out of it. This is a no-no any other time but her birthday. :)
"Yay" is the only word she's made a connection with thus far. You say "yay" and she claps. Love it!
As for how much cake she actually ate? No more than a teaspoon! I don't think she was in the mood.
And then she rubbed her tired eyes and made some good progress on the face. :)
And then came the presents! She loves being outside and we were willing to try anything that would result in no breakdowns!, so we gathered around to watch her.
Tiff gave her a toy first. She spent 5 minutes playing with the bow before Grandpa started ripping into it for her.
It ended up being a lego carriage so she wouldn't touch anything else! Both of our parents hooked us up with clothes (yay!) and my sister gave her some books. The books and the carriage kept her happy for over an hour. Woot!
And that was her party!
We are thankful for the gifts and that our families would celebrate with us.
The next night (her real birthday) I gave her a bath with her ducks. Happy Birthday E! We sure love you!