Happy Birthday Alexa (and me!). This year our birthday started the second I popped my eyes open. Alexa was waiting by the side of my bed, wearing a birthday sash and ready to jump in and snuggle with me while we ate our breakfast together. Smoothies and eggs. Thanks Dave!
Alexa is so sweet to me on our birthday. She is always sure to include me in the celebration. We referred to each other as "the birthday girl" all day long... and sometimes "the other birthday girl". If the experience we share on our birthday is anything like being a twin -- sign me up! The older Alexa gets the more I enjoy sharing this special day together!
It has been an incredibly busy month (more on that later) and as a result I was late ordering a few of Alexa's gifts. Sadly, one of those gifts was her birthday outfit. My girls really look forward to getting a new outfit to wear to school each birthday. Kinley was so kind to let her borrow the birthday skirt she received 3 weeks prior -- one of the many benefits of having a sister that wears the same size of clothes!
Alexa was excited to get to school and share her cookies with the rest of her class. She loved wearing her sash all around the school "Birthday Princess". She said anywhere she went, people noticed her sash and birthday bow and wished her a "happy birthday". She loved the attention.
I snapped a picture of the girls as they got into the car after school... truly my favorite part of each day! I bought the headband I am wearing for Alexa, she decided to wear our other birthday bow instead. So, I wore the headband. My kids thought I looked beautiful wearing it. Paisley told me over and over how pretty she thought I looked. I enjoyed all the attention until I had to run a few errands -- I had a lot of strangers wishing me happy birthday.
The birthday girl and the other birthday girl!!! I sure love this cutie of mine.
After a few dance lessons and some swimming it was time to open gifts!
notice in the picture above and the picture below a few of the hair accessories have changed on Paisley and Alexa... Alexa was given that starfish hair clip as a gift. It smelled like a dead, rotting star fish -- authentic. Thankfully the smell is now gone. I drenched it with perfume.
The bottom gift (the big one) is a Lego and Friends Hotel. The girls spent the rest of the night in the casita building and playing. It is great the way my girls love their legos.
For dessert we ate some delicious chocolate cake (with oreo frosting) from one of our favorite shops in town -- Small Cakes!
It was yummy but, incredibly rich. We invited the elders over to have some too.
We lit the candles a few times. The one below is of Alexa blowing her candles out...
... and the one below is of my candles being blown out. I hope my kids made a good wish for me!
I can't believe how old Alexa is getting... 9! She is a confident, artistic, outgoing, and a smart little girl. She loves to read, loves dance, and loves her friends. When she grows up she wants to be a mom but, as a back up plan -- a dolphin trainer. Paisley adores her older sister -- Which makes me smile, they are so similar in looks and personality. It's fun to see the two of them interact. Alexa is a self proclaimed nature lover (studying animals and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors is her thing). She is a natural in the water. Her dives are perfection. She loves the ocean and is fascinated by the sea life. She dreams of being a mermaid/ human (like Barbie). Her favoirte color is aqua (like the color of the ocean). Alexa's personality is so fun to be around. I love being this girls Mom. Happy Birthday to us!