So yesterday's party was a big success! Sawyer came, so Raya was happy with the turnout haha...we had yummy food (grilled out hamburgers and hotdogs)...Raya had her beloved cupcakes and icecream....and she loved all her presents! Thanks for everyone who helped us celebrate.
Party guests included....
Grandma Ruth Ann--Lee's mom (Grandpa Larry couldn't come because he was farming)
Grandma Donna and Papa Dennis (my parents)
Uncle John, Aunt Emily, Sawyer, and Harper
|Hugs for cousin Harper|
and my roommate from college, Bridgett, and her husband Chris
|Bridgett, your eyes were closed so I cropped you out haha...Raya was looking though!|
Of course we had to try and get some family pictures...
We had a little "disaster" with the decorations though. I always buy a special "themed" balloon for their birthday and I had picked out this sunshine balloon for Raya. Well turns out the place we always go to get them filled suddenly didn't fill that kind anymore--and it was the day of the party so we were kinda screwed. Lee just put regular air in it so we got a picture--but still a bummer it didn't float!
Here are the cupcakes I made for the party
My brother John manages a West Music store, so he always gets Raya plenty of *loud* musical toys LOL...like this weiner dog whistle which was pretty cute!
He also got her this storm in a tube thingy...can't remember the official name he called it...but basically you shake it around and it sounds like a thunderstorm---very neat!
I didn't take pictures of all her presents, but she got a variety of fun Barbies! This is one that Sawyer got her...a biking barbie who really rides her bike and the legs pedal and stuff! Kinda creepy yet cool at the same time LOL
She also got a birthday barbie set, complete with balloons and cake and whoever the little sister is...stacie maybe? haha. She got a fishing barbie too complete with fishing pole and another little Barbie sibling. My friend Bridgett got her a couple of those Lalaloopsy sets as well, which Raya thinks are pretty cool. So needless to say we've officially entered into the whole "toy has small parts; not recommended for under age 3" toy scene!!! Now my 3 year old has a whole bunch of new toys with about 1 million tiny pieces :-P Already Lee has stepped on a Barbie chair and hurt his foot, and I spent 10 minutes crawling around looking in the carpet for a lalaloopsy spoon haha. I can't wait until Brielle is a little older and I don't have to worry so much about choking hazzards!!!!!
Bridgett got Brielle a little something too---icecream sidewalk chalk! Brielle tried to lick it hehe
My mom and dad went in on Raya's dollhouse present, but they also got her a bunch of new sand and water toys--Raya already spent a good amount of time today in the sandbox trying them out!
And of course the grand finale of presents, the long awaited dollhouse!
Here are Raya and Sawyer waiting for the big reveal...
|Her face as she went over to the revealed dollhouse :-)|
|He wanted a chair --have to be comfy while playing!|
Of course after presents there was cupcakes and icecream!
|Brielle made quite a mess! lol|
|And after cake and icecream it was time for some family jumping on the trampoline! John and Lee competed in doing "flips" haha...and both grandma's did some jumping too!|
Lots of Barbies...
|And new pizza playdough toy!|
Everyone who saw this picture of Lee's mom yesterday couldn't believe how much it looked like Raya. Even my brother, who usually doesn't "see" stuff like that.
|They curled her hair back then. It's naturally straight like Raya's|
Here are 2 more pictures of Grandma Ruth Ann at age 3
Crazy resemblance, huh?! :-)
So now we embark on a week of sugar detox ...but it has been a fun birthday week/weekend!!!