Okay...enough of the mushy stuff. The birthday weekend kicked off with the sleepover. I had a very slow start on Saturday...maybe had a little too much fun on Friday night with Amy & Chad. (Too many dark beers & french fries for dinner...just doesn't work in your thirties!) My wonderful husband let me stay in bed until I could finally drag myself out around 11 and I made it to the kitchen and didn't leave there for the next several hours. First I made the caramel chocolate cheesecake, which was probably the hardest cheesecake I've made, but soooo worth it!! Then it was onto the strawberry cupcakes with chocolate butter cream frosting...also so good. When it comes to baking, I follow others recipes so if you are interested, just let me know and I'll pass them on. Cooking I am very confident in and can create my own things...not with baking!!
The next morning we woke up to whispers and giggles coming from the living room. Every year we get a balloon and tie one of the girls birthday gifts to it and leave it outside their door for when they wake up. This year, since they were all in the living room I just set it right beside Ava's sleeping bag...that's what the giggles and whispers were for. Not sure how this tradition started, but they totally expect it now. Birthday girl requested chocolate chip Mickey Mouse pancakes. I didn't have chocolate chips, but I did have leftover Reeses Pieces, so we used those and it worked just as well. My nephew, Greg helped make the pancakes and this little sweetie thought we should do something extra special for Ava, like put a candle in her pancake and sing to her. Well...I thought this was a dandy idea, so we made her a special "7" shaped pancake, put a candle in it and sang away!! (He is the sweetest kid ever!)
|Wanted posters for all the kiddos|
|Lots of cowgirl grub|
|Guests all wore their country finest|
|Panning for Gold!|
|Bobbing for apples|
|And, of course...presents!!|
One last photo...it's one of my favorites from the weekend of the littles....
|Ava and Kim CRACK me up in this one!!|