|Anna Ruth holding Adia Sulwen|
Anna Ruth's 5th birthday quickly followed Thanksgiving, and this was the first year we had an actual party for her where we invited some of her little friends over to celebrate with her. She was so excited to have a princess-themed party! We asked each of the girls to come dressed up as a princess, and the activities were as follows: decorating princess-themed sugar cookies, decorating purple jewelry boxes with gems, giving make-overs, and playing dress-up. A while back I had seen a castle cake online, and decided I would give it a try for Anna Ruth's birthday. I made it purple, since that is her favorite color and added the princess figurines at her request. I stayed up very late the night before the party making it, but it was worth the look on her face in the morning when she saw it. She got lots of girly presents including a princess comforter for her bed, a Rapunzel dress-up outfit, a ballet nightgown with a matching nightgown for her doll, and a special gift from Daddy--a real pearl necklace and bracelet set. We can't believe how fast our little girl has grown up!
|front of the castle cake|
|back of the castle cake|
|Anna Ruth showing off her new pearls from Daddy|
|our little princess on her 5th birthday|
|Anna Ruth wearing the new nightgown with her matching doll sitting on the new princess comforter|
|a big smile before the program|
|Anna Ruth striking a pose|
|the living room full of presents!|
|(from left to right) Sarah, Jessica, Mom, Olivia (me), Lisa|
We are wearing the matching pajamas Sarah got us.
One of Rich's Christmas gifts to me this year was a real pearl necklace, that I absolutely love! I wore it to a wedding, and Rich wanted to get a picture of me with it on.
Other than holiday festivities, we've also been keeping busy attending lots of oyster roasts associated with Rich's work, going to lots of doctor's appointments, getting back into the routine of Anna Ruth's school one day a week, going to the library, etc. I've also started working on some smocking projects that I would like to get done before this little boy shows up in early March. I have plans to smock 3 dresses for Anna Ruth and one outfit for the new baby. On Monday I started on the first dress and have made some good progress on it. I will post more pictures as I get each one finished.
|This is a spring dress for Anna Ruth that will have pink and purple tulips on it.|