Sunday, February 27, 2011

Party Girls

You know it's getting bad with the posting on here when a certain Grandma calls and says she's been missing an update! Since our last post we celebrated Valentine's Day together, which was very fun but photo-free. The girls also stayed home for a few days with the babysitter while Steve and Christina went to a conference in California. Everyone had a fantastic time (we are so proud of how adaptable these little girls are!) but we were all happy to be back together again.

When we have been in town in this brief month, we've been primarily doing one thing- partying! In this shortest of months, the girls have been invited to three birthday parties, and we've gone to both a Superbowl party (was that really the end of January?) and an Oscars party. We took a few photos today to illustrate the fun party girls we have on our hands.

Here we were, headed out to a friend's party where she was turning five.  Clara brought a balloon flower we made for her for the occasion, and Elena handles the snacks (their favorite pretzels we brought along).

We've noticed a real change in the confidence level that both Clara and Elena seem to have.  Though they are still sometimes shy, they are much more ready to charge off into situations by themselves than ever before.
This particular party was very fun because the gift bags were given out FIRST!  We had never seen that done before, but it sure did make for an entertaining party for everyone!  The dad of this new five year old girl is a DJ, and he set up a dance party in a big room downstairs that everyone loved.
Clara hid out behind a couch with Christina for a few minutes to eat some candy, so she took the opportunity to snap a few silly shots!
We are used to being sent home with a balloon from a party, but here the girls were asked what their favorite color was, and then they were custom-made a little balloon bouquet - so fun!

Heading straight from one party to another - no rest for the party girls!

Clara and Elena very much helped to make a Black Swan cake for the Oscar party tonight.  They know some cup measurements and measuring spoon measurements now, and are very handy with the salt and butter.  This flourless chocolate cake took six eggs, so was a fun one for cracking eggs and adding them to the batter one by one.  After we got it in the oven the girls went for a nap, and when Elena woke up she said" "Mama, I was in my room, and I kept going (sniff sniff) and I smelled that yummy cake!"  Not sure we would have settled for sleep if there was the smell of a cake baking, but they sure did!
February is wrapping up, and perhaps so is our month of parties.  But we are so very eager for spring to make an appearance that we won't mind one bit!

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