Birthdays around here are very flexible. Some years, the girls want big parties; some years, they opt for smaller celebrations with just family or only one or two other friends. Either way, we tend to take a whole week to celebrate birthdays, rather than trying to cram all that goodness into one day. Sylvia's birthweek kicked off with a visit from friends on the weekend. Since we live pretty far out, visitors are major excitement around here :).
Besides outdoor play, we concocted several batches of jello playdough.
Tuesdays are our in-town days. This week that included birthday shopping at the mall, learning about ecosystems at a nature center, hiking out to a magical willow with friends, and tumbling at the Mazo Movement Arts Center on our way home.
ready for the mini marshmallows
The girls pooled their money to get this remote control car with three pairs of wheels!
Since she loves body decorating (face paints, make up, temporary tattoos, etc.), we also got her a "henna-inspired tattoo" kit. Which upon opening, turned out to be a brown "tattoo marker" and some pretty designs to trace. It wasn't what I was expecting, but she was happy with it.
Even shopping for cupcake decorating ingredients was fun. These 'police officers', driven by their Papa, chased me and Camille all over the store. You know, since we're thieves :). There weren't many other shoppers, and we watched out for them carefully! There was a lot of giggling.
And I'll leave with you with this randomly overheard moment from their imaginative play. There is a lot of dress-up play at our house on a regular basis, from pirates to wizards to princesses. Today, there was some contention about who would be the prince and who would be the princess in a royal wedding scenario. Camille explained to Sylvia that sometimes women fall in love and get married and that they're called lesbians, so they could both be princesses. So, I soon overheard. . ."Next time we play lesbian-princesses-getting-married, Mom can walk you down the aisle." Apparently, my girls are in favor of marriage equality!