Today we had a birthday party with my side of the family for Allie. We thought that it would be too much for Charu to have one big party for Allie and Cory's nephew went to state for wrestling this weekend so it worked out better to do two parties in the long run. To be honest, I like having smaller parties anyway so that you get more time to visit with people!
Allie had a lot of fun today with her cousins and it was fun to just have a laid back morning. Allie LOVES to play board games, especially Candyland, so for her theme this year we had a PJ party! Everyone wore their PJ's and we had Candyland (Allieland) cake, breakfast food (Allie's favorite), and after everyone left we played board games as a family.
Each year, I give the girls books for their special days. This year for Allie's birthday we gave her the book, "I Love You Stinky Face." The book is about a boy who is going to sleep and he asks his mom if she would still love him if he was a stinky monster, a mean alligator and many other things. The mom reassures him that she would love him no matter what. We chose this book because Allie does this thing with us when we are in the car, eating lunch, or doing other things just with her. She will say, "I love you more than ice cream! What do you love me more than?" Then I'll name something that I love her more than like coffee, warm summer days, or listening to music. The game continues on (usually) for quite some time! I can't explain how much this game warms my heart and I want to always remember the way it makes me feel and the smile it puts on her face!