Friday, August 7, 2009

Celebrations...

This year for Birthdays, we decided to make them special by creating Traditions and having family time.

I didn't want to be bogged down with the minor details of parties, and then loose sight of the special person that we are celebrating.

So in honor of Stella:

She went on a special date with her dad the night before her birthday.

She woke up to...

Breakfast

Breakfast in Bed, and a new dress to wear.

She had her own private photo shoot(see the next post.)

Then we went to Coldstone for...

Icecream

Cotton Candy icecream with Sprinkles.

Then we took some time to bake in the kitchen.  This is her favorite thing to do.  We made mini heart-shaped angel food cakes to add to her...

Celebrate

candlelight dinner.  We set up this beautiful table to...

Table

have a special dinner in honor of Stella.  We had her favorite; Homemade Macaroni and Cheese.  We also had rolls, green salad, and Strawberry Lemonade.  I loved watching the smile on her face the whole night.  Just look at how beautiful she looks...

Candles

It is amazing how an entire day devoted just to you can make you feel.  We love you little Stella, and are grateful for everyday in the last five years we have shared.

We ended the night opening a few gifts.  She got this from Grandma...

New Dress

and couldn't wait to put it.  She spent the rest of the evening(two hours) dancing to her new Hannah Montana CD.  She loves music and dancing.

I hope when she laid her head on the pillow she went to bed knowing how loved and amazing she is.

5 comments:

Krysta said...

It looks like she had the best day. You can tell she felt so special. Traditions are WAY better than parties...for everyone!

Jared Warburton said...

What an awesome day for Miss Stella Bean. We love her so much.
Kristin

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday, Stella!
Andrea, this is a wonderful idea! I think we should just say that's what our birthdays are, too, because SOMETIMES we do that, and sometimes we do the party thing. (I'll tell you a secret though: I HATE doing the parties. I'm such a slacker mom. :) But it seems like the birthday is more enjoyable even for the birthday kid when you do it like this.

Alison said...

What a great idea, I love it!

Pam said...

It looks like you made her a wonderful birthday day!!

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