For months, we've played a game with Brennan teasing him that he can't turn five years old. Kensie caught on and learned how to hold up two of her long, slender fingers to play along. During dinner, we ask each other two questions every night: What was high (favorite) part of your day and what was the low (sad) part of your day? Her answer to both questions right now: a huge grin with her two fingers held up in the air.
The days leading up to her birthday, she ate off her birthday plate and we kept excitedly asking whose birthday it was. Two fingers raised was her answer. My highlight of this birthday was her recognition that it was her special day, solidly content knowing she's loved but without all the 'it's all about me' attitude. Even the way she slowly opened presents, wanting to look through each gift and take her time was indicative of her personality and also a pure, simple delight of being celebrated.
The gathering of pink made me so happy.
We had a family party for our girl. Papa and Nana made a special trip from Virginia to celebrate with us. We're so glad they were able to join us! Popsie and Mees drove in from San Antonio, and the Rutlands added lots of extra fun for the kiddos by coming, too.
Chris and Jill had an extra, free playhouse they let us give to Kensie Jane for her birthday. Matt stayed up into the wee morning hours for days putting it together. He did a great job and the little girl loves her playhouse!
The most stressful part of the whole evening: these silly flowers/balloons. There was a lovely breeze, but it kept knocking over the flower bouquet when the wind caught the balloons. I was dead set on "this is the way I envisioned it." Well, holding onto something that tightly never works, does it? Eventually they ended up elsewhere.
Our grill didn't work at the last minute either. Jill and my mom saw the nervous lines all over my face. Thankfully, I only planned on grilling hot dogs for the kids and had something else for the big 'uns.
We put out the slip n' slide for the kiddos (and Popsie). Ruth kindly filled tons of water balloons, and it was one of our last beautiful summer evenings before the hades of August breathed its fire upon us.
Hays and Kens are like, "Uh, what? Look at that dude."
Some of these once-pretty plants have already died in our 106 degree heat.
Kids crazy about each other. Kids I'm crazy about.
My momma made a fabulous birthday cake for her Kensie Jane! It was a homemade marble cake with delectable chocolate frosting.
Our sweet pea.
Our dear guests. We are so blessed!
Haddie-belle was so excited to give Kensie the gift she picked out for her: princess hair accessories and supplies...
Kensie played with it all night and has ever since.
Sunday, the 28th at church. What a sight to look down our row with both sets of our parents and our kids gathered together in Jesus' Name. I got to go up with my girl and my Daddy, whose birthday was the 25th, for their birthday prayers. A moment you think your heart could just burst with joy and gratitude.
My parents had to head back to San Antonio, and the rest of us grabbed a birthday brunch at Chez Zee.
We got a family picture taken!
This kiddo had such fun celebrating his sister. And he's become quite the colorer.
She's ready to go to Hawaii.
On the 29th, Kensington's actual birthday, we went to the the Quarries splash pad. We were the first to arrive and the attendee let the kids turn on the splash pad.
We met Matt for lunch at Chick-fil-A, had a birthday dinner, and opened a few more presents.
She's a chocolate fan.
Brennan gave Kensie her first backpack and lunch box. She was thrilled about them! She sees Brennan with his all the time for school and immediately knew what to do with them. She was able to use her lunch box for the first time last weekend, and she had a death grip of joy on it.
Lovely tea hat and set from her Aunt Melissa and Aunt Kimberly. Uncle Tom, Jadon and Baxter were a part of this gift, too, but I think we know deep down that the idea and enthusiasm for this wonderful gift originated from her aunts who assuredly know how to throw a good party!
Being the good big brother that he is, Brennan knows how to enjoy a good tea party.
On our last night with Papa and Nana we got to go to Jack Allen's. We're sure glad they got to come visit!
Brennan took full advantage of having Papa here! From first thing in the morning, to right after rest time, he asked over and over again to play baseball with Papa. Papa was worn out by the time he left Austin. He left behind, however, a downcast little boy, who missed his pitcher.
Happy Birthday, sweet pea!