We went to Disney World on Mariah's 6th birthday (March 18), and it was such a wonderful day! It truly was one of the best days we have spent as a family and the expressions on the girls' faces were priceless. Everything about the day was so magical and I can definitely see why Disney has gotten the stereotype of one of the happiest places on earth. We arrived at the park at 10:00am and didn't leave until after the night parade and fireworks at 10:30pm. The girls did so well the entire day and Ambria even got a little nap during the afternoon parade. We were able to do everything we wanted to do and the memories that were made will last a lifetime.
We decided to let Mariah have a birthday party this year for her 6th birthday. Her and Ambria always seem to have tea parties so I thought, what better than to have a tea party birthday party! The girls absolutely loved it and sat at the "tea party" for over a half hour talking, eating, and drinking tea and hot chocolate. (I wasn't sure how long the actual tea party would hold their attention, but it worked!) It was pretty cute to see them all dressed up and enjoying themselves. Each girl wore a fancy dress and enjoyed finger foods at the party.
Here is the invitation (Mariah helped to put glitter on them)
Each guest received a porcelain tea set as a prize for playing the games
(drop the clothes pin in a tea pot and toss tea bags into bowls)
I wanted to attempt to make a tea pot cake. See here: I bought two cake mixes just in case it didn't turn out. Mariah wanted chocolate cake with purple frosting.
The finished product.
As a last minute thought, I used some left over cake to make tea cups. They didn't turn out as well, but that is ok. Mariah enjoying her moment...
We actually got snow today that stayed on the ground rather than melting right away. That means we could play in it and it was good packing snow, so we could build a snowman!
More than a few inches of snow means that everything shuts down. Jerry's boss even offered to put him up in a hotel for the night and pay for his dinner so he didn't have to drive home! The snow wasn't sticking to the streets or the sidewalks so driving wasn't too difficult (at least by our house). The girls were even able to ride their bikes in our driveway, which seems a little weird to me (riding bikes with a clear driveway with snow pants and hats and mittens on).
We are starting to get used to all the freaking out when it snows and we are taking it in stride.
Life is full of mountains and valleys and I am so blessed to have my three girls, Mariah (11), Ambria (8), and Ashlyn (5) to share joys and sorrows with. Oh, and an added bonus in life--donuts! They are delicious.