Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lilly's 4th Birthday Party: Lilly, You’re a Hoot!



Last Saturday, we celebrated the fourth birthday of my sweet youngest, Lilly. Months before her actual birthday, she requested an "owl party", and every time I asked her what theme she would like, she was insistent on owls. At one point, she found an Oriental Trading magazine of mine, and went through it circling the owl themed items that she would like at the party. (They included owl "lillipops" and a huge personalized banner with her picture in it. Those items did not make it to the party!)


These guys did make it to the party, however. The cutest owl cupcakes ever! 

Here we are, pre-party family picture.


We chose Gemini Springs Park in Debary, Fl. It is a gorgeous scene of mossy trees, the spring right beside the pavilion, and lots of space for kiddos to run free. The weather report for that day was rain off and on. We hoped for off...


For party favors, we made owl ski hats for each of the kids. They donned their owl hats, and then went on a scavenger hunt for owlish/naturey things. There were items like; rats, mice, frogs, snakes, lizards, spiders, cockroaches, ants, moss, feathers, sticks, etc... on the list. (Of course the vast majority of those were planted plastic critters.)

Bryan gave the hunt instructions, and off they went.



I completely love the picture below. I love that so many of the adults are up and participating with the kids, and watching them run from tree to tree, shrieking as they go.




















The men of the grill...

(The picture below on the left is of Lilly telling Mr. Jody that the real frog that she had caught, while small enough to eat, should not be eaten. And then reassuring him, that "we do NOT eat frogs"... as if that was ever in question...)


 Our friend Robby brought his remote controlled car, which really, may have been the most fun of all! Note to friends with remote controlled cars: this is a huge party hit, and these entertainment services could be rented out! 














Below, on the right is my wonderful friend Dawn, who grabbed my camera and took probably 75% of these pictures. THANK YOU SO MUCH Dawn for capturing so many beautiful moments from our evening!



Towards the end of the night, the skies grew dark, and the winds picked up, and we knew that rain was a comin! We were right in the middle of opening gifts, when we decided to pack them up, and open the rest at home. And then sure enough, it started to pour, good 'ole Florida down pour style. Bryan and a bunch of the guys started packing up the truck, and we hurried to sing "Happy Birthday" and pass out dessert.


As you can see, Lilly was unhampered by the rain in the eating of her cupcake.


We cleaned up and loaded up, and then we were off. Sweaty and sticky, and dripping with rain, but so thankful for a beautiful evening with our friends!


To our family and friends:

You have blessed our lives in so many ways over the years, and we are so thankful for your friendship. Sometimes life is hard, and the struggles are real, and it's a blessing to have Christian brothers and sisters to walk through life with.

Thank you for celebrating our daughter with us, and for being a part of our family.

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