Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Day In The Life Of A Five Year Old

 When I was a little girl, my parents made a HUGE deal about my birthday.  My mom especially wanted our day to be so very special.  I remember one time waking up to a new outfit that she had sewn for me hanging on my door.  I have lots of good birthday memories!  And to this day, I think your birthday is such a big deal and the whole day should be one big celebration!  If I were president, I would give each American the day off on the would be a required holiday! Anyway,  each year on my girl's birthdays, I let them pick out everything that we do that day.  It is so fun, and I always capture the whole thing in pictures.  So, on Jillian's 5th birthday last week, here is exactly how we celebrated! 

 Good morning to my big 5 year old!

She is getting ready to open up her presents from her Daddy and Me, Jules, and Paisley.
 What did she get?

 A pink DS!  Just what she wanted!!!

 Jules got her the Pinkalicious game to go with her DS!

 Good choice Jules! Sisterly love!

 Jillian LOVES her new gift!

 She always chooses donuts for her birthday breakfast!

 Pink to be exact!

 Three sisters ready to party.
Jillian chose to wear her new birthday Heaven Sent outfit from Mimi.  Every birthday Mimi gets the girls 2 new outfits from our very favorite store! I decided to put all the girls in a Heaven Sent outfit!  
Jillian's is so precious!  It is dark denim and lace...very 80's Madonna...and SOOOOOOOO stinkin cute!

 Then we had lunch with Mimi, Aunt Summer, and the cousins!
Jillian chose Chipotle for her birthday lunch.

 We brought cookies and Mimi brought a cookie cake!  


 Jillian has been asking for over a year to get her ears pierced.  We always told her when she was five, then she could get them done.  The girl did not forget, so we went that afternoon!

 Hair pulled back and ready to go...

 We went to Ms. Sherri, who does the girl's hair.  Jillian is very familiar with Sherri and felt very comfortable.
Here is Sherri marking her ears...

 She did one ear, and then the second ear 2 seconds later.  Jillian didn't even flinch!  She was so brave and acted like it didn't hurt at all!  I was so nervous this whole day, and for nothing!  My big girl did great!

 Sherri and Jillian

 Pretty girl...looking so grown up!

 When we got home, we had  nice surprise delivery from Daddy!  The funny thing is that Seth and I make fun of all the Edible Arrangement commercials, because they are so dumb and cheesy!  But, this really is the prefect gift for Jillian.  She LOVES fruit!

 Yummy birthday surprise!

 She also LOVES sweets, so this was obviously the first thing she went for!

 Sharing with the sisters
Me and the birthday girl

 Jillian got invited to her cousin's house for a sleepover that night.  Here they are with their precious new puppy! (More on the puppy later!)

 These three are BFF's!

 Daddy stopped by on his way home from work to check out those ears!

 Birthday Pizza Party!  Isn't Summer brave to have all these girls sleeping under her roof???
After this, we left, so I am not quite sure how these girls ended their day being silly at the Dale house.  I do know that Jillian wouldn't want to end her birthday any other way!  
So now my girl is officially 5!  And my birthday season is officially over!  WHEW!  I am worn out!

New earrings...just waiting until we can change them.  Mimi bought the adorable ones on the right!  She brought them to the actual piercing...what a great Mimi!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Father's Day

 We had a great father's day celebrating with Seth, My Dad, and Layton...who are all VERY good Daddy's!  We went to church, ate lunch together, and hung out at the pool.  The perfect father's day in Seth's opinion.  Seth was just starting to feel better from his pneumonia, and naturally the first thing he would want to do was swim!

 The girls loving on their Papaw

 Everyone trying out Papaw's new raft!

 My Dad and his girls (minus K)

 Me and My Dad

 Papaw and the girls

 Mimi and the girls

 Here are my girls giving their daddy his card that they picked out.

Seth and his 3 favorite ladies doing exactly what they all like best...swimming! 

Seth is such a great daddy to these girls.  They love him so much and are lucky to have him!  The older 2 are such daddy's girls and that is because he is just so good at what he does!  
(I'm trying my best to keep Paisley on my side...we shall see!) 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Jillian's Swimming Party

 We decided to have another swimming party for Jillian this year.  That makes 5 swimming parties over her 5 years.    I am sure there will come a day..very soon...where Jillian will want to do something other than swim for her party.  Until that day, though, we will stick with what works.  The girls LOVE to swim and who doesn't love a swim party???  So, on Saturday, we celebrated Jillian turning 5 with another one...and I think it turned out great!

 the invitation

 Every year I find such joy in finding the matching bathing suits that will be worn at her party.  This year, I got to match 3!

 My bathing beauties

 the BIG 5 year old 
(well, as of this Wednesday!)

 Me and my girls

 The girls at the pool.  We got there early to start setting up and to reserve our spot!

 These girls just couldn't wait till the guests arrived...they had to get in!

 the plates and napkins

There really was not much to set up for this party. We ordered pizzas and brought a cake and that was it!  Thank goodness too, because it was so windy that we were having the hardest time trying to keep everything from blowing away!

Each kid got a noodle with their name on it

The wind was so bad that our cute favors were blowing away!  But, Seth to the rescue!  Thank goodness for Arkansas Razorback duct tape!  We had to be a little W.T., but at least the favors weren't blowing away!

 Seth even used it to tape our table cloth to the table!  HA!!!

 LOVE this picture!  
Baby P and her BFF, Whitney hanging out at the party!

 Poor Daddy...he has had pnemonia and strep throat for 7 days before the party!  He had literally been in bed until the morning of her party.  He came out and faked feeling good for her 2 hour party though.  Here he is being a trooper and sliding down the slide with Jules.


 This picture pretty much sums up how Jules acted for the whole party.  She was in a bad mood!  3 is VERY VERY hard on Jules!  We are looking forwards to 4 already! 

 4 out of 5 Brock boys

 Jillian and her buddy Travis from school

 And THIS giant purple slide is why we chose this pool for our party.  They girls love this thing and I knew all of the kids would have a blast sliding down it!

 Jillian and Macy

 Jules and Brady

 Eating pizza with friends!


 The yearly COSTCO cake!  Each birthday, I let the girls pick out their cake.  Here is what Jillian chose this year...because she loved the sun!

 Here is Jo holding Pasiley.  I think she gets one of my babies to sleep at all of the parties!

 sweet girl

 time for cake

 Jillian getting embarrassed when everyone is singing to her!

 And THIS is why she chose this cake...she wanted to eat the whole sun!  

 some mamas

 some boys

 opening presents = one happy girl

 Jules entertaining Paisley while Jilly opened her gifts.  This baby LOVES talking to her big sisters!

Jillian with Mimi and Papaw