What a blur the last couple of days have been!
It is official: My baby is not a baby anymore...
Friday, after dance class, Gracie and I hit the mall to celebrate her 5th birthday in style... as only mommys and daughters can :)
We spent over two hours wandering around. I have not been to the mall, other than going in Lane Bryant for bras and back out again, in at least ten years. I am not kidding. And honestly, I still don't like it...
But it wasn't about me at all. It was about my big 5 year old, so I put my feelings aside ;)
First stop was Universi-Tees because she wanted the yellow sweatshirt she saw in the window display. Luckily for her, it was a Purdue one so I went for it.
With my brother~the bigger Purdue fan! (And Alumni)
Then a 30 minute pause for the cause: the mall playground :)
On our way to our first ever Build-a-Bear trip, we went by a store just for girls. I think it was called Libby Lu? Anyway, everything in this store is pink and glitterized... perfect way to draw a girl's attention... and grab my girl's it did. There was a sign by the door and she asked me to tell her what it said. I did.
The next words out of her mouth were "can I do that?" I said I'm okay with it, if she really wants it. After I explained the whole process, she was still game... so, she got her ears pierced!
She was so brave... and being there was only one person qualified to do it, she had to get them done one at a time! I was so proud of her. A little reluctant after the first one was done.. she tried to escape, but sat back down and had the other done!
Now she just keeps marveling how she can't believe she got her ears pierced :)
We stopped at the Croc store for new Crocs. She picked out 'Uncle Charlie's car yellow'. That's how she asked for them at the store... LOL
With my brother's baby~his '64 Ford Fairlane covertible he restored :)
We finally made it to Build-a-Bear, where she chose a dog she named Iloveyoudoggie... LOL... who she says is a boy, but came away sporting a pink jeweled t shirt, a pink skirt, pink striped panties, and pink tennis shoes. ;) She loved the place, no doubt. She wanted to go back today. I told her next year on her birthday.
By then, it was time for lunch. Where did she choose? Anyone care to guess? Ah, I won't make you strain your brains~ Bob Evans, of course. Her most favorite place to eat. She even turned down Applebee's, which happened to be right by the mall playground and smelled so friggin good...
After that venture, we headed home where I assembled the first of two cakes for her party today.
Which cake won thebirthday battle?
The cake I made last year, with a slight variation...
I really don't have an official name for this cake yet, so I am going to make you work a little. It's modeled after an 'inside out cake' I saw, but totally different ingredients from that one, only the shape and the assembly are the same. This one consists of: pound cake, chocolate mousse, ice cream (we had one vanilla and one chocolate), and chocolate ganache on top of it all. Here's a picture:
Should it be called 1) Chocolate Mountain or 2) Dirty Igloo? You choose :) Majority wins...
The party today was really good. Gracie was so wound up, she was bouncing off walls. But, she kept in check for the most part. Her Grandma Carter came! The first time my parents met her, too. She got to meet my whole family... LOL. Mr. Carter had things to do, so he couldn't come. Neither could Grace's Dad, which I expected, but he hasn't called her either... so I'm a little disappointed, but there's always tomorrow.
With her grandmas
More pictures from today. Enjoy :)
Tree hugger... LOL
Reading cards with Poppy (my dad)
And just in case you're not entertained enough, here's some from a couple of weeks ago. She found the phone at a yard sale.....
When I asked who she was calling she told me her boyfriend....
When I asked why, she said she was making....
A booty call!
Don't ya just love the things your kids pick up from their classmates. But, I laughed once she wasn't looking ;)