The Sunday that the whole family was in town we decided to have a big celebration for the 4 littles for their birthdays. With Jonah's birthday in April and Holden's in August, and the girls in between, their birthdays all happen within 4 months of each other. We ordered pizzas and salads and spread out all over the house and patio (all 23 people!)
We bought cupcakes from Target and set the kids up to sing happy birthday. Clara dug right in to hers and clearly enjoyed the icing. :)
My mom, sister, and aunt were on top of things and had gifts for the kids to open. Which was of course the most exciting thing!
Me and my Grama. 94 years old and she knows how to party. And of course she enjoyed a cupcake because why not??
My poor brother arrived in TN with some really bad back problems- he's not sure if/how he pulled something, but he was having a really hard time getting around. Originally we had planned to have him sleep on an air mattress in the bonus room, but that would have been too uncomfortable, so we pulled out one of the futons in the main room each evening for him. Which of course meant not much sleep for him since at least one of the kids was up early. And the boys especially wanted to climb all over him.
My mom decided to plan a little early birthday celebration for Noelle at the American Girl Store in their cafe. We had an afternoon tea complete with little sandwiches, tiny desserts, and tea (or lemonade for the birthday girl), as well as chairs for our old school American Girl dolls to sit in. Despite Noelle not being much of a doll person she had an absolute blast!
She wore her birthday tiara with pride, dressed up in one of her fancier dresses, and the only "sandwich" she ate was the muffins.
Clara did really well for being there for about two hours, and was mostly entertained by the tiny teacups and plates that were given to her and the dolls.
That evening, we took the whole crew (minus Luke who volunteered to stay home with Clara) to Loveless Cafe for food. Luke ate there with his family when we all came down in 2014, but I stayed behind with a then four month old cranky Jonah. Then when we came in November to look at houses, we went so I could taste the goodness that is Loveless Cafe. There were 18 of us for a 6:45 p.m. seating, but they were ready for us and our waiter was full of southern hospitality. After we ordered, my sister and I took the kids out front to burn off some energy until our food came!
After we stuffed ourselves with biscuits, fried chicken, salad, and waffles for my Grama, we hung out outside for a little bit to say good night to everyone, and then headed to our respective beds.
It was a full day for sure, but Noelle felt super loved celebrating her birthday early, and all the West coasters and my immediate family got to experience the deliciousness of Loveless Cafe.