Back in late September, Annalyse turned four. A disappointing part of living hundreds of miles from grandparents on your birthday is that they can't always be there to celebrate with you. But, on the bright side, they usually make every effort to visit during the "season" of your birthday and that means an extended birthday celebration! Judging by the fact Annalyse got to choose cupcakes three different times and open gifts three different times, I don't think she minded.
The birthday girl woke up to cinnamon rolls and balloons, but had to wait all day long till Daddy got home before she could open her gifts. She chose Cici's Pizza for dinner, despite the efforts of Grady and I to dissuade her otherwise.
In mid-October, Nana came for a long weekend visit. And while her trip wasn't just to see Miss Annalyse, she did come with gifts for the birthday girl and we did enjoy Hello Kitty cupcakes. Again.
My parents arrived late in the afternoon while the kids were outside playing, which was the perfect time for them to surprise Annalyse with a new bike!
We performed the final round of a whispered Happy Birthday with pink cupcakes and ice cream, and reminded Annalyse that she should not expect three birthday parties every year!