Happy Birthday, Tylee!

Tylee was so excited about her birthday this year but had a hard time picking a theme or location. She went back and forth between a Princess party (already had one), a Spongebob party (Mom was discouraging), a Barbie party (she doesn't even play with them), or a Lalaloopsy party (already had one). The bigger decision was where to have it - the Independence Zoo, a pool, our house, or the park. She was finally sold when we went to the park to play on a Tuesday night and the train was running. Her birthday was on a Tuesday and the train ran on Tuesdays...decision made!
She decided on a Barbie-theme, for lack of something better. She really likes Monster High but they are dark colors and there was no way she was having a black cake and balloons - even if it was a theme she actually had some interest in. Oh well. I ordered a box of Barbie stuff on Party City, handwrote some invites, and called it good. She was so excited when that box came! 
The weather was wonderful all the way up to her party and I kept my fingers crossed it wouldn't change. June birthdays usually make for some HOT parties but we've made due the last 4 years. I was thankful the high was in the upper 80's the day of her birthday but was worried when my car almost blew off the road on the way to work. Unfortunately, the wind never let up and really put a damper on all my decorations. So much for cute pictures but its the memories that count, right?

 We invited mostly family, a couple friends, and got some big subs from Wal-mart with chips. We played a game of Pin the Glasses on Barbie - Tylee's only request for her party, had a pinata with lots of goodies, ate cake, and had great company!
I'm not even sure who won... 
Tylee didn't even notice the wind (or lack of balloons, wet candy from draining the cooler, subs that were about to blow off the table, the fact that I didn't get a single picture of our party favors or the cute plates and napkins I'd ordered because the table cloths were blowing up and knocking everything off so most everything had to stay put in the box) and simply had fun playing with her friends. Life at 5-years old is so simple. I should take lessons.
Happy Birthday, my loves!
(TJ and Tylee share a birthday but he totally gets overshadowed. Poor guy!)

Lalaloopsy #40 (I think)

After all the festivities, I noticed that the train never ran. That darn train was the entire reason we had the party where we did! Oh well. At one point we found Tylee and the girls on her new iPad and Cooper (the poor lonely boy because Brax had baseball) on TJ's phone. We quickly took away the electronics and had to remind them to PLAY!  
Which they quickly did.

The night ended with Tylee's Barbie ballon flying away and this being the only picture I got of her with her #5 balloon. In the end, it was still a very successful evening and Tylee had a great 5th birthday!  
I cannot believe my baby is 5. Time flies!



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Summer Fun

It has been a pretty crappy summer thus far. Crappy as in: still too cold to swim until last week, lots of rain, and not very many days of sunshine combined with Mom's days off work. We've still managed to make the most of it but I hope things pick soon. I'm usually darker than dark by now and I barely have any tan lines! Let's hope summer gets its act together soon.