I have just collapsed on the sofa after a very long, but amazing day. Today my beautiful Alice turned four, how that is even possible I’m not sure. I still remember the day we welcomed her into the world like it was yesterday. The long sixty hours of labour, bouncing on the ball wishing her to hurry up.
I would do it all again to have my Alice. I feel quite emotional about it, as four just seems really old. She no longer gets referred to as a baby, toddler or preschooler, just a four year old little girl on the brink of starting school. A new chapter in her life.
On Friday night we had an impulsive early birthday treat for Alice and went to the park for fish and chips. It was a gorgeous evening and the girls had so much fun. I said to Andy we really should do this more often, not the fish and chip part, but to have an early evening trip to the park occasionally. I can get so caught up in routine and getting them to bed at a certain time, but actually occasionally it doesn’t hurt for bedtime to be 3o minutes later.
I took along my new camera and I had a go at taking photos in the golden hour. I had read a brilliant post from Katie and I was keen to try out her tips.
These photos are not brilliant, but I loved trying it out and hopefully over time I can only get better!
This year with Alice’s birthday falling on a Saturday it made sense to have the girls birthday party today. Holly’s birthday is in ten days time and I do their party together, which they love.
Last year it got a bit crazy having days out on their birthday’s, plus the party. It was all a bit too much. This year we are keeping it simple.
Alice and I headed over to the hall to set everything up and we arrived a bit early. While we waited Alice played in the park, its so lovely and sad at the same time that she can just get on and do it all without me. Not needing me to hold her hand or catch up at the bottom of the slide…
We then headed in to set the party up. As Alice has just finished baby ballerinas and Holly is going to start classes in September, we decided to invite their teacher along to the party. She was amazing, the girls had their own thrones to sit on. Holly took a bit of warming up, but then she was in her element joining in and sitting on her throne next to Alice.
They both had a lovely time with all their friends and Alice said it was the best party ever, that is good enough for me!
We headed back home and my parents came too. Alice opened her presents and we went into the garden. Alice got a new bike for her birthday and couldn’t wait to try it out.
We said goodbye to my parents and then sat in the garden for our dinner. The girls had one final play before we took two very tired girls in for bed.
As I tucked Alice into bed, I stood and watched her longer than normal, amazed that this beautiful girl is my daughter. She really is beautiful inside and out and I wouldn’t change a thing about her….
I did a little video to capture some of it too.
Joining Katie from Mummy Daddy Me for The Ordinary Moments