On Saturday, October 19 this sweet little thing turned 4!
I can hardly believe it. She tells anyone and everyone, "I'm already 4!"
We had a magical little day celebrating her birthday too.
Caroline didn't ever ask or tell me what type party she wanted. Sidenote: If you have read this blog for a while you know we do love to celebrate, but I am also a big believer in keeping my kids little as long as possible in most areas. We have not made a huge deal over birthdays and Christmas (presents) because my kids have not known to expect anything and I know that will only last a short period. It is so sweet and fun to give them gifts for these special occasions and light them up with what they love when they had no idea it was coming! For Caroline, this might have been the last year she won't expect anything. It will be different for Annie and Duncan because they will always have an expectation since they are the 2nd and 3rd. All that to say, Caroline was at that perfect age of excitement, but not expecting a lot because she doesn't know anything else.
So, going back to the party. The one thing she did tell me she wanted was a Cinderella tshirt (again little expectations). Somehow from that I decided to have a "Cinderella" come to our house for C's party and give her the tshirt. Turned out to be much easier than I expected. After a little research, apparently, there are people who do this for a living and come to fully entertain the little princesses.
Until the morning of her birthday Caroline only knew we were having an enchanted princess party, but had no idea really what that was going to involve. That morning, she opened one of her gifts and it was a new Cinderella princess dress and a note from Cinderella. The note asked Caroline to wear the dress so they could match, of course. And told her, she would be coming to her party that afternoon.
Insert excitement, curiosity, and shock!
And soon the little princesses began to arrive and they were all quite adorable.
And after a few minutes of waiting, in walked Cinderella.
She was wonderful just as she should be and
Caroline was a bit speechless and star struck for the most part.
She did all her princess tricks from storytelling, dancing, painting nails, face painting, and making balloon animals.
What more could you want?
And you know Annie boo was not left out for a second.
Some of our other favorites came too...
And last but not least, the t-shirt!
Cinderella did bring it to her, but Caroline quickly told her she would save the present to open later. Ha! I had told Caroline that as her friends brought gifts when they arrived we would wait and open at the end of the party if we had time or after. You know, gotta set those expectations. Well, I never imagined she would tell Cinderella she had to wait to open it! Should have known from my very literal child. Kids are funny!
And the other fave: her big girl bike!
I love this girl more than I could have ever imagined. I am so proud of her as a big sister and the little lady she is becoming. She will always be my baby!