For Jaina's 7th Birthday, she had decided long ago that she wanted to have a "Paint your own pottery" party at Flying Saucers. We invited 12 kids in all, 7 came. Not too bad for Memorial Day weekend!
Ashlan painted an "A".
Jaina chose an angel fish to paint:
All I had to say was "Hi Toby" and he'd give me this beautiful grin:
Virginia painted a beautiful dragonfly:
Well, Brian, why don't you just take a load off while I set everything up?
Jaina always asks Brian to "hold her like a baby". And then Brian makes a big production about barely being able to lift her because she's gotten so big :) Makes me smile every time!
Quick picture with Gray:
Brian couldn't resist holding Toby. But when asked by my friend Angie if that made him want another one, this was his response:
The birthday girl got a Flying Saucers T-shirt, a princess crown, and her handprint on a ceramic tile to commemorate her birthday.
EWWW!!! Go wash your hands!
Are you SURE you don't want another baby Brittany? Just hold baby Toby and you might change your mind!
Our regular birthday party cake decorator, Dodi, was going to be out of town for Memorial Day weekend, so I enlisted the help of my friend Sarah, who used to be in MOMS Club a few years ago. She did an awesome job and the cake was DELICIOUS! Oh, and if you aren't familiar with the popular Mo Willems book, that's Knuffle Bunny on the cake. Since her brother had a Pigeon Party (same author, different book), she insisted on a Knuffle Bunny party.
Jaina was so worried that she couldn't blow out her candles!
This look is pure joy. Jaina wanted a Knuffle Bunny stuffed animal so badly, that she was secretly hoping that she might get some birthday money from someone to buy it herself. Surprise! Gray picked the perfect gift.
Naomi decided to adopt Miss Brittany's lap for a while. Luckily Ashlan didn't mind :)
Lydia helps her mom out by holding her baby brother:
That's a good lookin' group of girls!! Girls Rock (as Jaina would say)
Gotta have the "Best Friend Shot" as per usual:
Brittany and I had to yell at the girls several times to "Come on already, its time to go!"
As we were leaving and packing up, we ran into my good friend Shonna and her daughter Layn, who had come to paint pottery that day. Shonna not only worked with me at the Picture People, but she was my favorite photographer when Jaina was born. And she also shot my wedding reception and bridal portraits, too! We gave Layn a huge piece of cake to share with her mommy.