I know a lot of you readers have been around our little blog for yearrrrs and watched these girls grow up. These lucky ladies have so many Aunties all over the world that love them and have watched them grown!
Della wanted an ‘owl cake’ and Paisley wanted a ‘pony cake’. These were my best attempts. One cake mix, two cakes! Booya!
The girls have to share a LOT of things, but I figure the least I can do is make them their own birthday cake. They legitimately start brainstorming what kind of cake they want as soon as Christmas is over, so I’ve been hearing about it for many months now.
It so happened that we got invited to go swimming with the girls’ little friend Cael on their birthday… and I’m pretty sure that was their favorite present. Also, would you look at that gorgeous Iowa landscape?!
It was just an all around fun day, filled with love, presents, bike rides, legos, and balloons.
The next day was Saturday, and we had a little Birthday party with a handful of the girls’ friends. Everyone gathered at Messy MIssy’s for some painting! It’s one of those darling little shops that has tons of ceramic figures to choose from and paint / glaze. Then they fire them in a kiln for you to pick them up later! All the kids had a blast painting their little figures.
These girls of mine are painting enthusiasts (where do they get it?!), and this was the birthday party of their dreams. I even made them a cake that looks like a ‘painters palate’ for their party. They helped with the ‘globs of paint’. And no, I didn’t make two cakes for their party.
Each year around the girls’ Birthday, we take their picture by their willow tree. It’s always fun to see how much they (and the trees!) in just a year. And just such a fun tradition. Here’s the progression of the past 5 years of ‘Willow Pics’.
Isn’t that wild to see how fast things can change in just a couple years? I laugh at how Della is squinting or looking away in every picture. Girlfriend has eyes that are SO sensitive to the bright sun… which is weird, because her eyes are brown and Paisley’s eyes are light blue. I thought the light-eyed people had more sensitive eyes??
These girls have changed our lives in so many amazing ways, and have taught us what love truly is. We know we’re one of the LUCKY ones to have such joy in our lives.
I pulled the girls aside individually on their birthday and had them answer a series of questions… because it’s always fun to look back on and see what silly things they said over the years!
We’re so blessed!
Happy 5th Birthday sweet girls!