Saturday, May 2, 2009

Birthday Extravaganza

First let me apologize for not posting in so long! I've been in birthday "heaven" for the 4 weeks!! I think since Emerson is our one and probably our only child, I tend to go a little overboard for her birthday, but hey, you only turn 4 once right?

Now I'll go ahead and apologize for how incredibly long this post is going to be! I have so much to share with you, but just haven't had the time to sit down until now! So if you don't have at least 15 minutes to spare, stop back by later when you do as this one is going to be a long one.........

So, it all started with Emerson's dream dress.....last year she was all about Mickey and Minnie, but this year, she wants nothing to do with them. She is all about the Disney Princesses and insisted that she needed a fancy dress featuring all 6 of the princesses. Whew, I'm feeling exhausted just thinking about it! She also has every theme song from every one of the Princess movies memorized (that wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that her sweet Aunt Jodi was kind enough to burn a CD for us that we listen to in the car everywhere we go would it?) so I decided that since she will only turn 4 once that I needed to figure out a way to incorporate all of the Princesses plus their songs. So I spent a solid 2 weeks working on this dress! More on that later.

Her week of parties started on Thursday, the day before her birthday, with a celebration at preschool. Nothing can be easy with my baby because of her food allergies so I had to bake a cake from scratch with this cute little mini heart-shaped cake pan I found, but of course, her school only allows sharing of treats if they are store bought and still packaged, so I had to run to Publix to buy cupcakes for the other children in her class while Emerson snacked on her own little mini-cake! I whipped up this cute little tank and capri set for her to wear to school that day. Oh, and yes, please go ahead and admire my lovely yard art......courtesy of Target's dollar spot. Emerson spotted that flamingo from a mile away and had to have it.....it has since been relocated to a more inconspicuous location to avoid a nasty gram from our homeowner's association kindly reminding us that yard art is not allowed! She is petting the "mommy flamingo" and the "Emmy flamingo" is tagging along right behind.



So Friday morning (April 17th) was the big day! I have to say, all the hours and hours and hours I spent on her Princess dress wore worth seeing that beautiful smile on her face and her sweet exclamation "Oh Mommy, it is so beautiful, thank you SOOOOOO much!" followed by big hugs and kisses. I was able to completely forget about the carpal tunnel I developed, the numbness that still lingered in my right thumb from cutting so many appliques, and the fact that I now look and feel like the Hunchback of Notre Dame (my back seriously still isn't the same yet!). Daddy was at work so she was only allowed to open one present, but being the sweetheart that she is, she was totally fine with that! She and I then spent hours in the bathroom getting ready together....she is a true princess at heart! Then she was finally able to put on her dress....fit for a princess! We went outside and she happily twirled around for quite some time before it was time for us to go back inside to work on her 2nd birthday cake. Here are a few pics of her twirling fun.....





I, of course, had to bake another egg-free cake from scratch for her to eat that evening and this time, it had to be milk-free too since her best bud, Owen, was coming over and he is allergic! We had a party for her that evening with family....her Nanny and Poppy (who came all the way from North Carolina), her Gramma (my mom), her Aunt Jodi, her best bud Owen and his mom (poor kid wasn't going to be able to come to her actual birthday party since it was a princesses only party), our family friend Paul, and the 3 of us! We had a blast and I'm not sure I've ever seen a little girl get as many presents as she did for a birthday. Seriously, too many to list....but her very very fave was a special gift from her Aunt Jodi and Aunt Julie (who lives in New York and couldn't be here with us to celebrate). It was something she had asked Santa for, but since Santa had already gone a little overboard by the time she asked for it, she had to wait until her birthday. So the big gift.....her very own pony!!!!

Well, sort of.....a Little Tykes Giddy Up N Go pony. I gotta tell you, it is one of the coolest things I've ever seen and I know I would have adored it when I was her age!!! I can't tell you how many people stopped us in the neighborhood asking where we'd gotten it. I even heard a group of teenage boys riding their bikes talking about it, one said "Wow, don't you wish you had one of those!" All us adults kept talking about how badly we wanted to get on it and ride down the street, but I don't think Emerson would have recovered if we'd broken her precious pony!! We snuck her outside and made her close her eyes before we brought it around the front of the house....look at this sweet little face, eyes closed in anticipation....and the smile after she saw what it was. Honestly, that sweet smile brings tears to my eyes just looking at it. I wish I could have frozen that moment in time and cherished it forever.....







Okay, so on to her party! In the past, I've always hosted her parties at our home and I'm sure everyone can relate to how much work that is! The cleaning and cooking involved and then only hours later your house is trashed! So this year we decided to have her party elsewhere. You may remember one of my previous posts about Sweet & Sassy and their princess themed party.....well it was a blast! We pulled up and literally, the rushed out to the car and took over from there!! It was fabulous :) I think this might be one of the only birthday parties she's ever had where I was actually able to take pictures! In the past I was always too busy! She had 6 of her little friends there and every one of them just loved getting their hair, makeup, and nails done and being crowned a true princess. Here are a few pics from her party....







Okay, so not the best picture, but you try getting 6 princesses to stand still and smile at the same time! This is the only one I was able to get with all the girls together!



Look at this sweet face blowing out the candles.....she gave it all she had!!



And lastly, our week ended with a 5 day trip to Disney World!! We had breakfast with Mary Poppings....dinner with Cinderella and Prince Charming....we rode lots of rides including Goofy's Rollercoaster which Emerson was terrified of last year, but this year she quickly explained, "Mommy, I'm 4 now, I'm not scared of rollercoasters anymore!" And you know what, she wasn't! We had so much fun, but I have to say, we were EXHAUSTED, beyond EXHAUSTED....truly I could have slept for a month when we got home. So, overall, I'd say the birthday week was a huge success! I have no idea how we're going to top this birthday :) Emerson wore "the dress" to Magic Kingdom and Mary Poppins loved it so much she made a special trip over to where we were standing just to take a peek. That's what I love about Disney....all the magical moments. Emerson was beside herself that Mary Poppings came over special TO her instead of the usual, us waiting in line to see her.



Emerson spotted this dress in the window of a shop right by Cinderella's castle. It was love at first sight. She begged us to let her try it on, so we did. She truly looked like a princess in it. She stood in front of the mirror admiring herself forever and, again, I can't tell you how many people stopped to tell her how beautiful she looked. I was determined not to buy it since she had just received countless amounts of gifts for her birthday, but she looked so beautiful in it. I did resist at that moment simply because it was raining and I didn't want it to get ruined. I was so proud of her when I told her she'd have to wait until Santa brought it and she said "Okay Mommy, I know I can't have it right now cause its really spensive and there are so many boys and girls who don't have as many toys as me. I just really hope Santa's watching right now cause I want this dress super bad." It melted my heart to hear her say something so big and mature for her age. I immediately decided we would buy it before we left to come home....and we did, the very next night. She calls it her "Married Cinderella" dress and wore it when we had dinner with Cinderella and Prince Charming.



So that's it! This has been my life for the last few weeks! I promise I won't wait so long or post so much all at one time next time :) Oh and keep your eyes peeled, I'm still deciding whether I'm masochistic enough or not to offer her beautiful princess dress as a custom on eBay. If I do, it will be a true OOAK as I intend to keep hers forever and would never recreate it more than once. Even Andy says he doesn't want me to sell it when she outgrows it because he thinks it is a work of art. I figure I'll keep it and one day when Emerson has a daughter of her own, she can share it with her. I don't think the Disney Princesses will ever go out of style ;)

4 comments:

Gumdrop*Shop said...

What a princess!!


Kelly-I just passed the adorable blog award to you, when you have time, you can stop by my blog to pick it;)

Hugs Melissa

shoppin4sophia said...

Kelly - I would love to see close-ups of the princess' faces. I'm always wanting to learn more about how to do the intricate details of applique work. Also, I would love to know what kind of sewing machine you have. I'm in the market for a new one. Anyways, your dress for you daughter was just breathtaking. Well Done! Angela

Jessica said...

SOOOOO SWEET!!!! I love that you can feel her excitement through the pictures! Happy 4th Emerson!!

Lula Bee Boutique said...

That dress is crazy AMAZING!!!!! WOAH!