January 31, 2014

Alayna Turns Five


If I can survive an all-natural birth with a baby who had sagittal craniosynostosis, I can survive anything.

Right?
Right?
Riiiight?? 

Pleeeeease say it is so!

Than I can face cutting back on my chocolate next week in an attempt to lose some poundage.

*breathe... breathe*

The sacrifices we make just so we don't have to buy a new wardrobe every time we have baby.

I don't know about you, but my clothes are so ungrateful.


Anyhow, our little miss Alayna turned five last week!


And to my great relief, chose a much easier cake than last years!

Totally doable.

So I was sure I was going to mess it up.

I busted out my new Bosch (which I L.O.V.E. so much I could probably write a whole post on it, but will refrain and keep this about Alayna and not my Bosch... your welcome) which was an amazing Christmas present from my parents, and we started making the cake.

The girls thought it was pretty awesome too.


My children are so much nicer than I am. I'm not sure I would be willing to share my lickage allowance of chocolate cake mix.

But share she did.


I think Jackson was jealous.

I don't blame him.


When he realized they weren't going to share with him, he dealt with the disappointment the only way he knew how.


Poor kid.


I then announced to Alayna that Granny and Papa were going to come take her out for her birthday.

She ran off excitedly to get ready.

This is how she appeared next time I saw her.


Heaven help me with this child.

Amen.

My parents picked her up and let her choose where they were going for lunch.


Then took her over to Spoil City and told her she could pick out any one thing she wanted. (within reason)


So many choices!


To my everlasting dismay, she came home with this.



I can't even count how many times I've had to sweet glitter up off the floor.

No seriously. It would be like trying to count the national debt.


Alayna was even "crowned".


I guess on the way home, Alayna saw the "play place" at a fast food restaurant and wanted to play.

My parents obliged.


Yes, they are pretty awesome.



Later that afternoon, I finished her cake.


Oh pish, don't be ridiculous. Of course I didn't make that!

I mean, some things are simply impossible.

Like broccoli will never be as good as chocolate.

Truth.


No, that was the picture Alayna saw when she announced she had found the cake she wanted.

To my everlasting relief, she didn't care about the fancy inside, just the hearts on the outside.


Thank you Valentine's Day candy! 

You just made my life so much easier.


She LOVED it!

She received a couple phone calls from relatives,


and held her fellow cranio-buddy.


Soon, the family and some extended family, were gathered for some cake and ice cream!

Oh yaaaaaaaaaaaa....






Once the flames are extinguished, there is always a mad dash for the candles.


There must be something about licking the frosting off the candles that's completely thrilling.


Am I missing out on a vitally important part of life?


After everyone was served up, I remembered that I hadn't wrapped Alayna's presents yet!

And the sad thing is, I was completely out of wrapping paper!

I didn't even have extra Christmas paper to back me up. 

Sad, sad day.

So I handed off Jackson...


ran downstairs and found a nice, pink bag!

It wasn't even a Christmas bag.

I know. I'm an over-achiever.

Try not to compare yourself to me too much.


What?

Don't worry Jackson. If I end up needing a back-up gift bag for your birthday presents, I will do my very best to find one that's not pink.

But I can't promise anything.

Eh hem.



And there you have it.

The first birthday of the new year is done.

Only five more to go.

Seven, if we include us old people.


Bring it on.

7 super cool people speak:

Raelyn said...

Serene....
Alayna's turned five last week?! Happy, happy, happy birthday, Beautifully Unique Kindred Spirit "Cranio" Friend!! Here's to many, many, many more!! I just celebrated my birthday!! On Saturday!! I turned "the big 3-0".... ;-O
"If I can survive an all-natural birth with a baby who had sagittal craniosynostosis, I can survive anything. Right? Right? Riiiight?? Pleeeeease say it is so!". You. Are. Awesome, Friend!! A "pioneer woman" just like my Mom before you!! ;-D
Jackson looks adorable in his helmet!! Just adorable!! ;)
"I then announced to Alayna that Granny and Papa were going to come take her out for her birthday. She ran off excitedly to get ready. This is how she appeared next time I saw her.". Crack. Me. Up!! ;-D
I "love" Alayna's birthday cake!! I want some!! ;)
"There must be something about licking the frosting off the candles that's completely thrilling. Am I missing out on a vitally important part of life?" Yes, you are!! Licking the frosting off of candles is so yummy!! ;-D
Well, I am off to work on a fictional children's story!! ;)
--Raelyn

Mama Smith said...

Such a wonderful keeper for Alayna! Hope you are making copies of these...darling girl...and putting them in their own little scrapbook! smile

Sue said...

I always enjoy your kids and their cha cha cha birthday singing and that cake looks terrific!

My parents always used to pick up my kids on their birthday when they were little, take them to their choice of dinner place and then to Toys R Us. It made for a great celebration!

=)

Rosie said...

I love the cake! Darling birthday for a sweet girl.

I have no idea how or when I started following your blog.

I haven't recognized until today that you must live in Idaho. I noticed the picture of the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on your wall. It is a beautiful picture! Often the pictures taken from across the river are so far away that I feel the beauty of the Temple is lost.

I was married in the Idaho Falls Temple--close to a hundred years ago! I live in Utah now so it is rare that I see the Idaho Falls Temple on anyones wall!

I enjoy your blog- so many have become such big business that it isn't as fun as a few years ago when we were all sharing normal life stuff. I miss learning about other families just trying to do the best they can!!

Kellan and Rikki said...

I'm a bosch girl too. Also, I am just dying over your squishy baby and I wish my kids had friends like your kids. Seriously.

balloongal said...

I love how your cake turned out.
Grandparents are so much fun, aren't they?

Raelyn said...

I just posted a fictional children's story about two characters who were born with craniosynostosis on my Blog, "Minuscule is good!". { http://writing--projects.blogspot.com/ } Check it out if you would like!! And maybe leave a comment so I know you visited? Raising craniosynostosis awareness with something I can do.... Write!! I hope you enjoy it!! ;)
--Raelyn

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