Although mine and Lilly’s birthday is only one day out of the year, the week leading up to it tends to be just as festive as the actual day, like the awesome night I had singing karaoke with a few of my favorites on Thursday. This year something special happened: Lilly had her very first, kid only, themed birthday party. I mean, turning five is kind of a big deal. So, we started in February planning the theme and finding the stuff. Some of the best details happened last minute.
After sending invitations to five of her little friends (because she is five and that seems like a manageable amount of children to have in one spot on my watch plus there were actually six girls since two were twins and they are a package deal,) we collected anything butterfly we could find. Lilly has wanted a pinata for months so me being the penny pincher I sometimes can be decided we were going to make it ourselves….I mean, how hard could it be? Well, we gave it a week of making and drying and painting and drying and decorating and drying and the thing pretty much just collapsed into itself with what I assume was the weight of our love and anticipation. Needless to say, I hit up the party store and bought one.
As each day ticked by, Lilly put an X on her horse calendar and then the day was finally here: March 8th. We spent the morning lounging and eating chocolate doughnuts then I took a long birthday run (one mile for each cupcake I had eaten and we will just pretend the doughnuts never happened) on one of the sunniest days we’ve had in weeks. After the cake was made, we headed to the church to set it all up. While Wil and the girls hung the pinata, I planned out a bicycle scavenger hunt. Lilly’s friends arrived and we ate cake, blew out candles (which Lilly blew them out during the song and I realized that she probably didn’t remember how that all was supposed to go from last time), and then biked ourselves into exhaustion. After the party folks had all gone home, we headed to BisQit for a birthday burger then I proceeded to sit on the couch while Wil cleaned the kitchen and got the girls ready for bed (happy birthday to me.) It was a fabulous birthday and it is not lost on me that like a butterfly, Lilly has metamorphosed – into a little lady.
This morning we were late to church and I blame daylight savings. After church, we headed to Brookgreen because people, it is so so so beautiful right now. Then we hit the beach which was a little chilly but it ended a great birthday weekend. Hoping for another year where love grows and life is joyful.