It takes me back to when my littlest brother was just a kid and every year on his birthday I would tell him that he wasn't allowed to have any more birthdays. I remember telling him that every year for as long as I could remember. He never did listen to me, though. Now he's married and turns 25 next week. This year, I managed to refrain from being the bossy older sister trying to prevent him from growing up.
Instead, I rechanneled my efforts and told Sophia that she is absolutely, positively not allowed to have one more birthday. 5 is it. I'm done celebrating her birthdays. Forever.
That being the case, I took a few pictures to memorialize this last birthday celebration. Sadly, they aren't nearly the caliber I would hope for for a last birthday tribute. (But the disclaimer is that one of our really good friends has been at everyone of Sophia's birthday parties and she usually plays photographer so that I can focus on the party, and she was absentee this time around. I always knew I appreciated her talents, but now I know even more so how much.)
Sophia's 5th birthday was all about horses. She has now proclaimed that she wants to be a "back horse rider" when she grows up. Every year we struggle to find a gender neutral theme. (Let's be real; we all know she'd LOVE a princess tea party. But she always wants to invite just as many boys as girls, and somehow I think they would be less thrilled than Noah about fancy dresses, lacy gloves and very fragile teacups.) So this year, when she suggested the horse theme, we ran with it! We started off the party with everyone creating their own stick horse. It was a pretty intensive, hands-on activity for the parents in attendance, but fun none the less. Too bad I missed photographs of any of the Kentucky Derby races that ensued in our front yard to end the party.
|There's my cowgirl digging for treasures in the straw.|
|And my cowboy.|