Well I couldn't just leave you hanging and not post about "the rest of the party". So here is a peek into our fun after everyone else left that night. We thought a little card game would be fun and so I pulled out a really cute Fancy Nancy game I found at the store. Each card has adorable dress up items on it and you have to get one of each kind to win. It ended up being a great game to play with little girls their age because it didn't take too long. I am all for teaching kids patience, but this one didn't try mine and that was a good thing. Ok I guess I really need the lesson in patience. :)
Karina's not-so-slick poker face. Even though she did win!
She moved on to other things. As you can see we need to work on sharing too. This looks like she was saying "mine!" But that secretly made me happy since this was our gift to her. Don't get me wrong. I made her share. :)
Now I would say Caroline gets the prize for poker face. She's the smooth gal in the nightgown.
Other toys were played with for a bit and then it was time to get the girlies all cozy and put on a movie. So we filled the living room with sleeping bags and they were happy as could be.
The next morning I pulled out some cinnamon rolls (already made) for the girls. And of course we milked the birthday for all it's worth around here and sang to Karina again. :)
Not sure what's up with that face she made. She can be a real nut! After they ate it was time for the real breakfast I was looking forward to. :)
Once those little ladies were fed they were ready to head out into the pool. It was a beautiful morning and it was fun watching them have a good time.
A couple of Karina's girl cousins weren't able to make it to the party because of being sick. But we had something very special to send home for them. Karina and I had a blast packing up these sweet gift baskets for all the girls. They had little handmade stuffed teddy bears, stickers, glow bracelets, handmade sleeping masks and a bunch of other fun things.
It really was a blast and I even got in some sweet time with my sister and sister in law too. I think it went really well for our first big sleepover and I will say I am not afraid to do it again. :) But we'll probably wait a little while.
I wanted to include some pics I took the morning of her actual birthday too. We had a fun time just spending the day together. She recieved a bunch of really sweet birthday phone calls. This was the first one of the day. It was such a blessing to see her being so loved!
My big 5 year old!!
That morning I told her we could go to the store and she could have $5 to get anything she wanted. This dollar store is just down the street from us and so that was an easy choice with not too many isles of toys to choose from. At this age I am noticing that she has a really hard time making up her mind. Oh boy what am I in for?! And then we decided on McDonalds for lunch. Well her lunch at least. Mommy just got something to hold me over. :)
As we were leaving a worker there walked up and handed Karina this little ice cream cone so she was quite spoiled. Once we got home I really enjoyed playing with her. Something I don't do near enough. We read this sweet little book about a birthday party and as you can see her barbies were all quite attentive. I should take a lesson from them in posture!
It was a very sweet day with our precious girl and the fun didn't end there. Once we woke up from naps it was time to go out to eat with Nana and Pappy. Karina picked IHOP. That is another whole post, but not sure I wanna devote more time to that when I have lots of other post in my head.
Jeff's birthday is nine days after Karina's and this was his 30th. I feel kinda bad that I didn't throw him a big bash. But in truth he's not the big bash kinda guy. I mean he could be and maybe would have like it as a suprise. But this mommy wasn't up for it. So he was content to go on a romantic date with me while Karina had another slumber party at her grandparents house. So that is next. We had a wonderful time out and I am so thankful for the two of them and still can't believe God has seen fit to bless me this much. Being Jeff's wife and Karina's mommy is truly a dream come true!!