Just over four months ago, my baby turned four years old 😥 Obviously, we aren’t entirely new to this birthday thing; she’d had three other ones before. But in Peoria, her birthdays consisted of sending (store-bought) cupcakes to daycare and having a small party at home with close friends and immediate family.
Then, last year, G turned three shortly after we had moved to Basel, on the last day of Fasnacht. We didn’t know many people at all and I had no baking supplies in the temporary apartment, so we let Fasnacht be her party and bought her a small cake at Migros.
This year, there was no escaping it. G was turning four and this was going to be the first year for a real party. So we booked her party at Gymboree for the Sunday after her birthday and got ready for the big 4.
Her actual birthday was on a Thursday, which was a preschool day for her. She was excited to take treats to share with her friends and I was excited to something homemade.
The first thing we did on her birthday morning was measure her. She’s obsessed with knowing how tall she is and would have me measure her every day if I would agree to do it. You can see she made some pretty good gains between September 2015 and February 2016!
Last year we were celebrating Fasnacht on G's birthday. We needed coats, but we definitely didn't need snow boots! G was super psyched about the snow this morning and wore her Frozen dress in honor of the occasion. Then we added a few extra layers before she and Andy headed out into the cold. ❄⛄ #lavieve #happybirthday #abeautifulmess
Then she and Andy bundled up and headed off to school.
When Andy got home from work, it was time to open G’s other birthday presents. That lucky girl had gifts from friends and family back home in Peoria and from people here in Basel. She is very loved.
That night, we had tomato soup for dinner. Then Andy showed G something that his grandma Voss had always done with him when he was a kid: using burnt cork as face paint. G was skeptical at first, but she ended up loving it!
Andy took the day after G’s birthday off from work and we spent the day all together. They got much-needed haircuts in the morning and then in the afternoon we went bowling! G hadn’t ever been bowling before, but there’s a bowling alley in the same building as her KinderMusik class and she’s always peeking in to see what’s going on. So when we said she could pick anything for us to go do as a family for her birthday, she picked bowling. It was so much fun!
Once upon a time, I had my own bowling ball and shoes. Now I’m psyched about a 113. My, how things change!
Sunday morning was G’s party at Gymboree. We had invited her whole class from KinderMusik, but most weren’t able to come. We also invited a couple of G’s other friends from outside of school/activities. Her party was small but fun!
After hide and seek, the guests collected their goody bags and balloons and headed home. We got our stuff together and headed out as well; it was really nice not having to pick up after the party! When we threw G a fiesta for her second birthday, the flags hung up in our living room for days before I took them down. Having a party somewhere where clean-up is included in the cost is definitely nice.
And so ended G’s birthday weekend. On Monday morning, we sat at the kitchen table and made all of her thank you cards. Gotta teach those manners from a young age!
Craft time this morning, AKA thank you card factory. My mom always told me I should write thank you cards, but didn't help me or enforce that in any way. I've tried to be much better about it as an adult and am attempting to instill the habit into G at a young age. She traced the letters for "Thank you" and her name. She also did a custom paint job on the outside of every card. We're celebrating our hard work with a movie and a snuggle now. #lavieve #happybirthday #thankyou #abeautifulmess
[This is post #100 on this blog. Thank you for reading so many of my words and looking at so many of my pictures!]