Just before her party we gave her a new leotard (you might remember it from this post), which she loved and made her feel "dressed up" on her special day.
|Big brother crashes the photo shoot.|
We switched gears for the next few years, having simple family parties for Hallie's 1st, Will's 4th, Hallie's 2nd, and Hallie's 3rd birthdays; a two-friend miniature golf party for Will's 5th birthday; and a one-best-friend movie and sleepover party for Will's 6th party. Hallie's 4th birthday party was her first real party and our first real party in more than three years, and because I wanted to avoid a repeat of Will's 3rd birthday party, I tried to keep things as simple as possible.
Everyone showed up at Brazos Valley Gymnastics and played on the equipment for close to an hour. Then we sang "Happy Birthday" and enjoyed cake/cupcakes and juice before heading back out onto the floor to play for 10 more minutes. As her friends left, Hallie gave each of them a "fishing under the sea" net as a party favor. We didn't do a meal, we didn't do presents, and we didn't do stress. It was fantastic.
|Kennedy and Will on the trampoline.|
|Logan doing tricks on the rings.|
|Hallie, Caroline, and Jerra in "the pit".|
|Levi, Matt, Hallie, Will, and Kara listening to instructions.|
|Tom and Aaron (below) showing off their rope-climbing skills.|
|They work out.|
|And being the dutiful dads they are, they both (along with Chris on the right) helped |
Coach Carlos demonstrate one of the games to the kids. These are their submarine legs.
|These are their shark fins.|
|And this is their rowboat.|
|More crazy games.|
|Lots of submarine legs.|
|Will and Logan in their rowboat.|
|I don't know what they're doing, but I'm pretty sure they're doing it wrong.|
|I think they got it right the next time.|
|Getting ready to blow out her candles. Will wanted in on the action.|
|Listening as her friends sing.|
|Blowing out her candles.|
|As always, Hallie was the last one at the table.|
|Ariel. Yes, I know she looks ape-ish. Ugh.|
|I also made under-the-sea cupcakes.|
Later that same afternoon, Tom brought Hallie flowers and we let her open a couple of presents.
|The girl LOVES flowers.|
|The cutest gymnastics/dance outfit I've ever seen.|
Tom had to go out of town on Hallie's birthday, so he unfortunately didn't get to join us for any of the festivities on April 10th. We had to make the day extra special in an attempt to make up for his absence. First up, donuts for breakfast.
Then I dropped her off at school, where she celebrated with her friends as the classroom "Star of the Week" and with Ariel cookies (from my favorite shop in Utah).
|Working on her Star of the Week poster the day before.|
After school we opened the rest of her presents.
|Watching in awe as her Ariel card sang and danced.|
|A beautiful bracelet.|
|Homework books! She loves homework!|
|More homework activities!|
|Frog and princess tic-tac-toe.|
|Will wiped the floor with Hallie. She cried. I had to take the game away.|
|Modeling her new outfits.|
|Spinning in her new fairy dress.|