Phew. I made it through. This week has been a busy one, and this preggo lady is ready to put her feet up, soak in the pool, and relax from now until this little boy decides it’s time to up-end the routine of the Papen household. I mean, seriously, look at this photo. Is it any wonder I’m achy at the end of the day???
Today was Ellie’s 5th birthday party, and while I vowed to “keep it simple” and not do what I usually do, I still had a standard to hold to… so basically that decision amounted to cutting the guest list to about 1/3 of what it usually is, not sculpting anything out of fondant, and steering clear of the sewing machine – oh, and hiring my brother to do the food.
Fun was had by all, I think, though guests left far earlier than for past parties. I suppose this was good in the long run, as I was able to relax a bit with my family and float in the pool which is a saving grace in this heat with this baby weight! Still, I was a little bummed that we didn’t have our lingering guests for the whole evening. I guess I just love having people here.
Ellie was so excited to have her friends here, and sharing Fergie the pony with them was awesome. I made a unicorn horn attachment for Fergie’s bridle that was an absolutely hit – and I’m quite sure that most of the kiddos thought they were actually riding a unicorn. It was pretty fun seeing the kiddos enjoy Fergie – especially the ones who hadn’t ever ridden a pony before (I’ll admit, after seeing her here in the round pen I had a momentary lapse of judgment and started thinking that maybe we should bring her out to the property so Ellie and I could play with her every day…thankfully, my husband quickly and sarcastically reminded me how much “fun” it was having had my two horses on the property a few years back – the early, early mornings in the freezing cold of winter, the stall mucking, the water hauling, the exercising, the vets, the farrier………oh, right. Caring for horses is NOT a walk in the park).
I’m so grateful for all the people who helped me make this day so special for Ellie – I couldn’t have managed without them! My mom took care of the crafts tent and helped with Ellie so much over the last few weeks…my brother made spectacular food – the tastiness of which I’ll never be able to repeat or compete with…Michelle Amendalara not only let us use Fergie, but groomed her, bathed her, hauled her out here, and then walked a whole bunch of kids around and around the round pen in the blazing heat. We always have Whitney Rae here to take photos, and I can’t wait to see what she captured, but I’m happy that Jeffrey’s Aunt Lois was wandering around with her camera – in fact, she took most the photos in this post – as I didn’t pull my camera out for more than 5 minutes. Our dear friend Lenore brought her ridiculously yummy Lightning Cupcakes – and as usual they stole the party (if you’re in the Portland area and want the best cupcakes in town – in all seriousness, these are RIDICULOUSLY yummy)!
The decor wasn’t as planned this year, and I didn’t quite get around to painting the unicorn mural that I had hoped I’d manage. I stuck with scrapbook paper, plastic tablecloths from Target, and balloons. While it wasn’t quite my usual, there was a lot of color, a lot of festive spirit, and a lot of smiles everywhere!
My little girl is growing up. It’s so cliche, but it’s so darn true – it goes by so fast! Kindergarten will be here in several weeks, and it’s sinking in that she’s no longer my “baby” – she’s a big girl now. My little Ellie – FIVE years old and officially in school. It’s a big transition, but I’m so excited to see how she grows and how she’ll respond to all the new challenges.
Now it’s time for the countdown to Banks Graham’s arrival – and all the changes in store for our little family.