As she's been counting down the days to her birthday, I've been begging her to stay three. I've tried to set aside more time for cuddles, just to soak them in while I can. She promises to still cuddle with me even though she's getting bigger. I'm counting on it.
Natalie decided on a puzzle theme for this year's birthday party. I love the thrill kids get from parties and I have so much fun doing them. This celebration turned out great, even on a shoestring budget. (I spent a total of $8.00!)
The invites were puzzles, of course.
Here's the table all set for her friends. Each guest got a personalized cup (remember when you were a kid and you loved any and all things personalized?) and a mini puzzle to take home.
We played a muscial chairs-type game with puzzle pieces. And then went on a scavenger hunt using photos that were cut into puzzles.
Then it was on to lunch...
...and the requested puzzle cake.
The presents are always a hit. She got lots of really great stuff.
Here she is all dressed-up in a new outfit from Chloe.
This Polly Pocket car from Grandma Seely probably wins as her favorite gift, although the four dollars from Grandma Hatch got some pretty excited "oohs."
I'm not ready for my baby to be four. She's just so huggable and fun and has the most delicious "kissy" cheeks. Though she nows holds up one more finger to show her age, I'm sure her delightful personality will only get better with age.
Happy Birthday, Natalie! We love you!