Our kitchen is under construction for several hours random days in the week. Often we are out of the house because we need to be out of the way. I must confess that baking a birthday cake was the last thing I wanted to do, let alone let them help. By God's grace we all had a fun time and managed to even bake a passable cake. :-)
Karis was a super decorator. She even managed to get most of the candies on the cake, not just her mouth. :-)
Some of our guests.
Faith, my musician sister, is going through a hat phase. :-) I think she is cute, though it is a little out there. :-)
Karis was all over the gifts.
I am not a cake person. I see these beautifully decorated cakes and cringe. Not because I don't like them, but because I feel like somehow my kiddos are missing out because their mom just doesn't have the patience to create something like that. For example, this cake I frosted, then sent my four year old around the house digging up all our rubber duckies. (I did boil them, so don't worry) Then I placed the rubber duckies on top and had Karis finish the rest. Oh, I did add two candles. :-) See, my poor kids. Good thing they have an Aunt who likes decorating for the really hard stuff. I'll post a picture of Karis' B-day cake later.
She had been dying to do this ever since she saw the cake.
Karis was a big helper, a little too good, though. We had to keep calling her off the presents.
She got two baby dolls. Probably her favorite gift, although she got a lot of them that she liked. :-) We have a great family. I didn't even call to tell them we were having the party until less than a week before. Dustin had been thinking about going to a concert, so the date was up in the air. Then I call, leave a message on most of their phones, thinking that because of my lack of foresight Gabi would be having a very slim party. Nope, they showed up like the amazing people they are and my little girl had a super night! Thanks everyone for your thoughtfulness, and I can't wait to put Gabi in all her spiffy new clothes, because let's face it, those really are for me. :-)