Sunday, December 19, 2010

Growing Up

Brooklyn's growing UP!

Our Christmas child, Brooklyn turned 6 on Thursday. Yesterday she was the star of the show as we celebrated her birthday at a cute little place in St. George called "Creative Minds."

The "UP" inspiration came from an online search for the easiest possible cupcake design.

Unfortunately, our dreams for a fabulous pinata got thwarted by strep throat. Instead we cobbled together this monstrosity half an hour before the party. The good news is that as long as it's filled with candy, the kids really don't care.

Despite passing out lots of invitations, we were a small group, which was actually more intimate and more fun. Here's Sofia from Daisy Scouts.

This is Kaleigh, showing off her mad cashiering skills. Kaleigh is both a Daisy Scout and in kindergarten with Brooklyn.

This is Logan, Kaleigh's twin brother, sporting a slippery serpent.

After seeing Logan's snake, our friend Nathan from church wanted one too.

I'm embarrassed to admit that I actually painted Talia's butterfly/demon/clown face. What can I say? It must be the drugs.

Fortunately, Kaleigh's butterfly wasn't as much of a disaster, particularly when adorned with bunny ears.

All Eli needed was a yellow ball to be plenty happy.

Blowing out the candles!

Overall, the party was great fun, leaving everyone in the family happy.

We really are so delighted to have Brooklyn in our family. She's creative, beautiful, intelligent, but even more, she's working so hard to be good. Instead of doing presents for her party, she agreed (albeit somewhat reluctantly) to collect for Toys for Tots. That's really hard when you're six! For her birthday, our little artist got lots of fun supplies. As beautiful as her drawings are, I was even more touched by her sincere expressions of gratitude. We love you, Brooklyn!


Aunt Callie and Uncle Adam said...

We love you Brooklyn! We are so proud of how grown up you are becoming. Our hugs and kisses are travelling across the oceans to wrap you up and keep you from getting too big too soon. So glad you had fun at your party.

Jenika said...

What a great idea to collect for Toys for Tots. What a great way to encourage generosity. I'm impressed. Did something special spur the idea?

You guys are such a beautiful family! I love looking at these fun blog updates.

Kes LT said...

Congrats, Brooklyn!

Ashlee said...

What a fun party! I love the invitations and theme!

Julie L said...

Wow! I am so impressed that she was willing to allow the presents to Toys for Tots on her party. What a great sacrifice to make for her. She is a beautiful young lady. Hard to believe she's that old already. Looks like a great party!