Yesterday was Alaina's 4th Birthday! We all had a great time helping her to celebrate. In the morning we went out to Brimley for "Muffin Moms" which is a women's bible study that meets at our church every Thursday. We stopped at a grocery store and picked up a few doughnuts on the way. When we got there Autumn took charge of throwing a mini birthday party for Alaina with the other kids that usually attend. They had doughnuts with candles in them, they played pin the ballet shoes on the ballerina (drawn wonderfully by Autumn), musical chairs, and duck duck goose.
After Muffin Moms we went over to the Brimley Public School Library where we volunteer by re-shelving books and worked there really quickly. Then we hurried back into town so Alaina could make it to story time at the Bayliss Library. She wanted to wear her birthday crown and say "hi" to Mrs. Lehman, the librarian, and some of her friends.
When we got home Steve was there. He had taken the afternoon off work to spend some time with us. For lunch we decided to eat some of Alaina's birthday cake and ice cream (it was carrot cake with cream cheese frosting). Autumn had collected over time a bunch of really nice presents for Alaina from thrift shops in town, and she had wrapped them and set them all out for her to open. She gave Alaina a cute summer outfit complete with sandals and a sunhat, a little porcelain box with a necklace inside that said "sisters", an angel doll that she bought at AWANA, and a nightgown. Alaina loved her presents and you could tell Autumn was really proud of herself.
Steve and I gave Alaina our gift, which was a card with tickets inside to go to see the ballet that night. She was so excited! Alaina got to talk to Grandma and Grandpa Veramay on the phone and then we went on a nice walk around town. At the end of our walk we ended up at the Christopher Columbus Hall for their monthly Spaghetti and Meatballs dinner. We sat next to a nice couple from our church and had a good conversation....while the girls coated themselves in spaghetti sauce. Then we hurried back home because Steve and Autumn had to go to math class.
While they were at math Alaina primped herself for the show by putting on her ballet outfit complete with ballet shoes and tutu. Then, we jogged up to the Fine Arts Building at the University where we met Steve and Autumn after class and we all went in to see Les Fées de la Nuit," or "Fairies of the Night." It was the perfect show for the girls to see... full of colorful props, beautiful fairies and scary goblins...and a story line that they could actually follow. It had an intermission and during that the girls danced in the hallway. At the end of the show Alaina and Autumn were invited back to meet the "fairies." The ballerinas saw her birthday crown and all started singing her happy birthday! Alaina was embarrassed and covered her ears. We snapped a few photos with the dancers. Alaina was terrified of the goblins! It was a great show and is still playing this weekend. We recommend you go and see it.
After the show we had to run back to Steve's classroom where he had forgotten his cell phone. Autumn got to show us where she is "tortured" every Tuesday and Thursday evening and Alaina had fun writing her name on the chalkboard..
When we got home Alaina talked to Grandma and Grandpa Eles on the phone. Alaina shares her birthday with Grandpa Eles, which makes it extra special! Then I read the girls a few birthday themed books that I found at the library and it was off to dreamland.
Alaina said her birthday was lots of fun, and we all enjoyed ourselves as well. We can't believe she is 4 years old! Time really does fly when your having fun....
We All Love You Alaina! Happy Birthday!