I was waking up Cole when I heard her little footsteps coming down the hall. She had a huge smile on her face and promtly crawled into my lap while Coley and I sang Happy Birthday.
And then she followed me downstairs, in anticipation of her birthday muffin.
And just as she blew out her candle, Josh Downs called. (Perhaps that's what she wished for.)
She decided she didn't want to have a party until her daddy gets home, but I still promised her one present on her birthday. (The night before her birthday, she told me she wanted a Lego vet set...and lucky me, that's exactly what I had gotten for her.)
Cole snagged that one. (Thanks Coley.)
Annie opted to spend her birthday at home with me instead of going to school (an option the kids always have on their birthday) so after dropping Coley off at school, we started building the vet clinic.
Later as we were doing our hair, we heard a knock at the door and noticed the silhouette of flowers through the window as we went to answer the door.
Annie immediately said, "Mom, I think Daddy sent you flowers!" to which I replied, "No, I think Daddy sent flowers to his birthday girl."
The first flowers Annie has ever received.
And she talked about them all day.
And then we went to Target where Annie had a $10 birthday budget.
And when she spotted Jessie (from The Toy Story) on the bottom shelf (with a $40 price tag I might add) she immediately sprung, arms wide-open towards the box and said in a voice that one might hear on The Jersey Shore, "Heeeeeeeey girl...I've been needing you my whole life!"
And then she immediately broke into her pleading puppy-dog face.
I'm immune to the pleading puppy-dog face though so she settled for a $10 Barbie Mermaid Tale instead.
And then we headed to The Roadhouse, per Annie's request (because she loves their rolls and honey butter) where she sat and shelled a bazillion peanuts for me to eat (She hates peanuts, but loves to shell them.) while we waited for our lunch.
We always have the kids opt between water, milk or iced tea - but birthday girls get stawberry lemonaide.
And after lunch, the waitor came by with a surprise.
Next on Annie's birthday wish-list was a trip to the park.
On our way there, we ran into my dad.
He really loves having his picture taken.
And then we picked up Coley from school and made our way to the park.
That was her bazillionth birthday call. (That one was from her Grandma Jo.)
Happy Birthday Yans.
And all the regular seats in the next Photographers' Workshop are sold out, but you can still snag an auditing seat if you want one. (Just scroll down to the post below for all the details.)
And if you're reading this Josh Downs...It feels like time has come to a stand-still. Come home already.