I just can't think of a better day to celebrate Emily's birthday than the 4th of July. It fits her perfectly. She was actually due the end of June and after early births with both Connor and Abbie, I planned on her being early as well. Not a week late! And not only that, I went into labor right after midnight on the 4th and she was born early that morning. It was meant to be that her birthdays would be a big fanfare from then on.
We started the day with her annual birthday breakfast and parade. We were especially excited about all the neighbors who came out to watch. The first couple years we didn't have many spectators, but this year there were a handful of people for the kids to throw candy to and to be cheered on by. My camera was having issues so I don't have any pics of the breakfast and parade. The highlight was Steph's decorated jeep that Emily was able to ride in. Very cool.
Emily and her loot.
And her awesome birthday cake made, of course, by Stephanie. It was a delicious red, white and blue ice cream cake.
This moment ended up being a bit traumatic. Holly couldn't control her excitement and jumped up on the table just in time to help blow out the candles. I didn't think much of it until Emily woke up crying the next morning that she didn't get to blow out all her candles. She was obviously very distraught about the whole thing. You wait all year to have a turn to blow out the candles. I can't blame her. We had to do it all over again the next day and make sure Holly wasn't nearby.
Emily talked us into going to Chuck-E-Cheese for dinner. I always dread going there but it turned out being the best thing. Most people have BBQ's that evening so the place was empty. Everyone was happy-even the adults.
And from there we headed to a small town parade and firework show in Vernonia. It was the perfect end to a perfect birthday celebration.
I thought it was the end of the world when I had made it to July and Emily still wasn't born. Now I see that it was well worth an extra week to be able to celebrate her birthday with parades and fireworks. What a lucky girl! And I feel just as lucky to have such an wonderful daughter. I love you Emily!