Technically, Brianna is still a toddler because she is 3 years old. However anyone who has ever met her knows she has never been a baby. I think of her as 3 going on 30. She loves to take photos. One day she found my camera and took a bunch of pictures of our house. Instead of deleting them, I thought I'd publish what the world looks like to someone who is 3 1/2 feet tall.
The entry way. (Artwork by Caious and Andrew)
Living room bookcase. (Made by Bill)
Her treasured hand-me-down backpack from our neighbors. For some reason, she put it in the master bedroom.
Roomba sweeping the hallway.
Wow. Roomba looks much bigger than usual.
Her little brother is a favorite subject. (This was actually taken in late October. That's why he looks so much more alert.)
For some reason, the powers that be have decided to bring us back to reality in the heat of summer. They decreed that school will begin August - yes AUGUST - 7th. Kaiti is now in 7th grade.
Caious is in 5th grade.
Andrew is in 3rd grade.
Ellie is now in 1st grade.
Even though it is hot, the children are all anxious to start a new school year. They are excited to see their friends again, and they look forward to getting out of the house and away from chores for a few hours a day.
Ellie's birthday was the day after Dallin's blessing. Grandma and Grandpa were anxious to get back to Utah and left with Kaiti at 3 a.m. (Buddy obviously does not like to be away from home for long. That is a subject for another post.)
We wanted everyone to be part of her birthday celebration, so we had birthday cake with everyone who came to the blessing.
She wanted a white cake with red and blue fireworks on top of a white background.
Our honored guests could select Dryer's "red, white and no more blues," Safeway Select rocky road ice cream or - much to Bill''s chagrin - FDD (frozen dairy desert) to go with the vanilla cake and vanilla frosting.
. . . and There's More!
On her actual birthday, we had a small family dinner. Ellie chose tater tot casserole, green beans and jello for dinner. Can she have a birthday without a cake? Of course not.
This time she asked for yellow cake with vanilla frosting (and the same fireworks decorating scheme).
. . . But Wait! There's More!
Her party didn't take place until a few days after her birthday.
She invited the five friends who were in town for a slip 'n slide extravaganza.
. . . and a lunch of hot dogs, watermelon, grapes and carrots.
As we already know, birthdays must include cake. This time, she decorated chocolate cup cakes with M&Ms and marshmallows.
After all of the celebrations, I needed a rest . . .