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Sigh.  You had another birthday.  Didn’t you just have one last year?  Didn’t you just turn five?  Sometimes I feel like I’m playing tug of war with you kids’ growing up.  Most of the time, I feel like I’m being slung forward by growing up.  Even on the hard days.

You’re six now.  Hard to believe.  You seem so grown up.  You ask all kinds of questions, about life, death, God, Heaven- important things.  But yet you still definitely are a child, what with your ability to be silly at the drop of a hat.  I’m trying to enjoy even that, because I know one day you’ll not crack up with the mention of the word, “CLOWN!”  Seriously, you and your sister think the word, “clown,” is the funniest thing ever.  As in:

“God, thank you for our food.  A- CLOWN”

or

“Nora….        CLOWN!”

or

“Twinkle, twinkle, little, CLOWN”

Anyway, we started your day off with some cartoons.  One of your favorites.

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Then you opened up your birthday dress, with your birthday ribbon.  You loved the ribbon and wore it to church the next day.

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So lovely.

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Then we opened cards.

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This one was your favorite.  And apparently Nora’s too.

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I took you out to lunch, just me and you.  It was so fun.  Before we went to lunch, we walked to the toy store and you picked out a new toy with the $20 that you were given by your great grand parents.  You looked very carefully at everything and made your choice wisely.  You ended up getting a new polly pocket ice cream water park.

You requested a ham sandwich for lunch.  You sat and carefully studied your new toy while I got our food.  You decided to wait and open your polly pockets at home so that you wouldn’t lose any pieces.  5 year old Alanna would have ripped it open at the table.  You’re growing up…

As we walked home on a street near ours, you looked up and said, “Mommy, it’s like we’re on an airplane and the city is inside with us.”  For some reason I really liked that.

We had a birthday party for you- we decorated ice cream.

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We spent like a total of $10 on decorations.  I had the ribbon and we bought the table cloth.  My poor friend Roni… lots of thanks for all of the ribbon curling that she did (you can’t see all of it in this picture).

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I found these little ice cream bubbles at Target that we also used as place holders.

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Our ice cream toppings.  FYI, jelly beans don’t work so well with ice cream.

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Look!  I was at the party too!  At least my eyelashes were… and my hands.

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Then we played pin the cherry on the ice cream.

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And then we sang.  You made your embarrassed face while we sang.  So cute.

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Yay for new friends.

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You got a, “Where’s Waldo,”  book.

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Aunt Janna totally had a flashback…  don’t be surprised if you find, “Where’s Waldo,” upstairs at Aunt Janna’s house…

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Ms. Roni got you a super cool art book.  You sure do love Ms. Roni.

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Then we went out to the driveway and blew bubbles.  And ran off some of that sugar high.

Yay for old friends too.

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Your sister chose a…. special outfit.

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Bubbles are just so fun.

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Nora agrees.

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Then Ms. Roni made faces at you girls through the window.  And you thought that was even funnier than…      “CLOWN!”

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