Birthday Extravaganza

Sweet baby Paige was turneg 5 (FIVE?!?!?!? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?!?!?!?) on January 11th.

If you know me at all, you know how I feel about birthdays. They are my favorite – especially for my girlies. Doors are decorated with streamers, balloons are placed throughout the house, birthday t-shirts are worn. Oh, and I am not afraid to tell every single person we see that it is so-and-so’s birthday (that goes for grown ups, too – consider yourselves warned).

We headed to Florida after Christmas for a little over a week. We were scheduled to be in Florida with Nani and Botsie through the 7th, but I still already had lots of plans made and plenty of time to take care of purchasing everything else.

Or so I thought.

Enter the Polar Vortex of 2014. Stupid Polar Vortex – what does that even mean? It sounds like a roller coaster at King’s Island. And I hate both roller coasters AND amusement parks. So, I think you know how I might feel about Polar Vortex. During the days leaving up to Jan 7th, the entire Midwest and East Coast basically shut down. Flights were cancelled all over the country, roads were closed, travel was reserved for “emergency only.” Our friends in Indiana were talking about how terrible (and freezing) the weather was at home (they were rudely unsympathetic to our being-stuck-in-Florida drama).

I just kept thinking, “What am I going to do about Paige’s birthday?”

Cut yo us driving to Tampa early on the morning of the 7th, getting there, standing in line with 300 people, having my crying girls appear on the local news … and finding out our flight was canceled (which, by the way, “I FREAKING TOLD YOU SO, DERRICK!!” Phew. That felt good).

We salvaged the day by taking the girls to the (amazing) Florida Aquarium in Tampa, then turned around and headed back to Nani and Botsie’s. Thank God they pretended to act like they were glad to have us back. Did I mention this was Tuesday? Because the earliest flight Southwest could get us on was Saturday. Night.

As in, Paige’s actual birthday.

So, I cancelled the party we had planned at The Children’s Museum. You know, the one she’d been talking about for months, and had invited her cousins and cute little girlfriends from her preschool. The one she planned herself, and had been looking forward to like … well, like it was going to be her 5th birthday party?

So, we did what we mammas (and grandmammas) do best. We improvised. And then we spoiled the crap out of that child.

She got loads of junk gifts, tons of outings, and basically got to eat whatever she wanted. We celebrated a day early with Nani and Botsie, loaded up the girls for our second attempt to get home, and then continued to celebrate for the next 2 weeks. I’ll save you the narration, and will let you see the celebration pictures below.

Celebration #1 – Dinner at Eat Here in Sarasota

Making her own pizza (this place is amazingly kid-friendly, if you're ever in the area)

Making her own pizza (this place is amazingly kid-friendly, if you’re ever in the area)

These girls … oh, my heart.

These girls … oh, my heart.

Sitting between Nani and Bots!

Sitting between Nani and Bots!

The cake - I SWEAR, she chose it. The fact that it coincided with the "changing her name" threat is purely coincidence.

The cake – I SWEAR, she chose it. The fact that it coincided with the “changing her name” threat is purely coincidence.

See? I even love singing Happy Birthday!

See? I even love singing Happy Birthday! And, that shark tooth necklace around her neck? That’s an example of the giving her whatever she wanted. Thanks again for that Nani. Who knew it would go with everything? Including pajamas.

Celebration #2 – Breakfast at ‘Mickey Mouse Pancakes’ (otherwise known as The Blue Dolphin)

Another example of "fun gifts" - the pink poodle purse you see in the middle of the table. Shark necklace is currently inside.

Coloring, hot chocolate AND chocolate milk. Also, another example of “fun gifts” – the pink poodle purse you see in the middle of the table. Shark necklace is currently inside.

I wanted to show you a picture of the hat I got for her to wear later that day on the plane, but I can't seem to find her anywhere.

I wanted to show you a picture of the hat I got for her to wear later that day on the plane, but I can’t seem to find her anywhere.

Celebration #3 – Paige’s ACTUAL Birthday – Tampa International Airport/Southwest Airlines Flight to Indianapolis 

Watching one of many movies that day with Blair. What you can't see is that Mommy and Daddy are drinking on the other side of the table. And what you also can't see is that our flight has been delayed. Twice.

Watching one of many movies that day with Blair. What you can’t see is that Mommy and Daddy are drinking on the other side of the table. And what you also can’t see is that our flight has been delayed. Twice.

A bit far away, but the flight attendant is leading Paige to the front of the plane, where she got to meet the pilots and see the cockpit.

A bit far away, but the flight attendant is leading Paige to the front of the plane, where she got to meet the pilots and see the cockpit.

And then this happened (I apologize for cutting it off at the beginning – I wasn’t expecting it!):

Celebration #5 – Pizza/Cake with the Colby Family

Honestly, you'd think they hadn't seen each other in weeks. Oh wait, they hadn't.

Honestly, you’d think they hadn’t seen each other in weeks. Oh wait, they hadn’t.

The coveted 'Doodle Bear.' Huge, huge hit. Thanks Colbys!!

The coveted ‘Doodle Bear.’ Huge, huge hit. Thanks Colbys!!

Celebration #6 – Present from Mommy and Daddy

Welcome Jordan…er, Norman…er, Nordman. I THINK we've settled on Norman. And I KNOW I'm the only person that cares about him. He's so pretty, I just can't help myself. So…I basically bought myself a fish.

Welcome Jordan…er, Norman…er, Nordman. I THINK we’ve settled on Norman. And I KNOW I’m the only person that cares about him. He’s so pretty, I just can’t help myself. So…I basically bought myself a fish.

Celebration #7 – Benihana (duh!) with Susu, Uncle Robbo, Aunt EJ and cousins, and Aunt Jenny

Earlier that afternoon, Paige had an appointment at the opthamologist. They dilated her eyes (ugh), and she promptly fell asleep on my lap. I bet that doesn't happen every day with a 5 year-old. And I loved it.

Earlier that afternoon, Paige had an appointment at the ophthalmologist. They dilated her eyes (ugh), and she promptly fell asleep on my lap. I bet that doesn’t happen every day with a 5 year-old. And I loved it.

Doing whatever Gracie does. Ordering whatever Gracie does. Loving whatever Gracie does. Always.

Doing whatever Gracie does. Ordering whatever Gracie does. Loving whatever Gracie does. Always.

"Hey! Where eberwybody doe?" (And, yes, she actually said that.)

“Hey! Where eberwybody doe?” (And, yes, she actually said that.)

That's my girl - enjoying the birthday singing

That’s my girl – enjoying the birthday singing

Aaaand, finally, Celebration #8 – Bowling and Pizza

Girlfriends!

Girlfriends!

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Celebrating knocking down pins!

Celebrating knocking down pins!

At one point, my nephew took off down one of the alleys. No joke - he almost made it all the way to the pins. He's a quick little buster!

At one point, my nephew took off down one of the alleys. No joke – he almost made it all the way to the pins. He’s a quick little buster!

Yay! Happy birthday to Paige!

Yay! Happy birthday to Paige!

We love you! (Daddy was traveling, but he wishes he was there!)

We love you! (Daddy was traveling, but he wishes he was there!)

Sweet Baby Paige – we cannot believe you are actually five. I’m getting a little choked up even writing this – I just hope you know what a little miracle you are. You make my world a brighter place. Your exuberance and passion for everything you do makes me want to appreciate every single aspect of not just the years of my life, but the weeks, days, minutes and seconds. You are my baby, and you are my big girl. And I promise to love you with all of my heart every second of your life (even when it seems like I might not … I promise you, I do).

Happy birthday, Paigers.

Sweet Newborn Paige

 

 

2 thoughts on “Birthday Extravaganza

  1. Goodness, this one made me cry at the end…why am I such a sap!!! Happy birthday sweet, hilarious, sensitive, goofy Paige!!! The Smiths’ love you!

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