My "baby" girl Eliza turned 7 on Friday.
When I really stop, step back, and look at her, I am blown away by how much she has grown up when I wasn't looking. I still think of her as a spunky little toddler, and now she's almost as tall as some adults and is doing all sorts of big kid things (but she's still quite spunky).
So we had a big water party for Eliza on her birthday, despite the fact that I had been really sick all week (I think I wore myself out from all the late nights due to getting the wedding stuff ready last week, and a nasty bug got me when my immune system was down...I literally couldn't accomplish anything all week. Nobody else in my family picked it up, thankfully - it was not fun at all).
Lucky for me, Steve came home right before the party started and some of the other moms helped out tremendously, so everything turned out fine in the end.
Our neighbor let us use her giant inflatable water slide/pool thing, which was a huge hit! The kids all had a fantastic time on it.
We couldn't find Hyrum's swim trunks (probably left at one of my friend's houses last weekend when we were at the wedding) so he had to make do with regular clothes, but he didn't care a bit. Hyrum could hardly contain his excitement, he was loving this pool thing so much.
We had a pinata, and the kids scrambled to get their stash of goodies.
Here's Fake-Smile-Hyrum, doing his best to pose for the camera...
Eliza loves horses, so I made a huge cake and just perched these little guys on top. The plastic horses were actually pretty heavy, so their feet originally sank deep into the cake when I placed them on there. I ended up cutting out a wavy "circle" of cardstock and placed it on top, piped some "grass" all around, sprinkled some green colored sugar on top of that, and the horses are perched on top of the paper. They got knocked off no fewer than 4 times when I either tried moving the cake or the table got bumped, leaving lovely gouges in the cake all over the place (which is why I'm too embarrassed to show you details of the whole thing....it's quite bungled everywhere) but hey - Eliza didn't care and that's what matters most.
A big thank you to everyone who helped pull it off, a big sigh of relief that the weather held (there was a possibility of thunderstorms that day), and a big hug and birthday wishes to my sweet "little" 7-year-old!