Last month we celebrated Freida's 4th birthday. Since she was in school this year, we opted out of hosting a big birthday party in leu of going into the classroom with some cupcakes and celebrating with her friends. But of course, we couldn't forfeit the right to celebrate her on her actual birthday (which fell out on Thanksgiving day i.e. no school), and so we held an little impromptu birthday breakfast on the morning of her special day.
Luckily for us the timing was right, and we just so happened to be graced with the presence of some extra family members who were staying with us at the time. My sister Rivkee was visiting from NYC for the week, and Freida's intense infatuation with this hipster aunt of hers made it a party all its own! Rivkee lived in LA last year, and Freida had become really close with her, climbing into her bed in the morning for snuggles before even coming into my room, trying to emulate every aspect of her beauty routine - hair ironing with a play-kitchen tongs, applying makeup with a water-color paintbrush, soliciting us to buy her more "golden jewelry like Rivkee" etc., and even wanting to call her up in NY to tell her about something special that happened in her little day. So having Rivkee here in town was a huge birthday gift for her alone. Also, her cousins (girls!!!) from San Diego were in town for the weekend off and had stayed with us that night, making 6am the most exciting pajama-clad start to birthday day ever!!
(Hudi had been sick with a teething-cold and I had been up the previous night non-stop, so when I crashed at 9:30pm on Wednesday night, I was shocked and stoked to wake up to a perfectly pinkalicious decorated breakfast nook complete with all the old-school birthday bling - streamers, balloons, and even party blowers! :) Thanks so much Rivkee & Amira!! Best aunties ever!)
With some help from Pinterest, I whipped up a batch of birthday pancakes! These funfetti flapjacks beat cupcakes butt! Super fun and super festive, but still passable as breakfast food. Plus, they definitely conjured up the same level of pint-size excitement. Freida was loving the concept, and I was getting teary-eyes lighting the little candles - I just can't believe my sweet little girl who made me a mama is 4!!!
As you can see, Hudi was slightly jealous and just a smidge weirded out by the early morning festivities. :)
But once she tried a a pancake, all was well with the world again...
I'm so in awe of this little girl - she is constantly teaching me about life, people, and the nature around me. She tunes me in to all the little details of life that adults often miss out on... She shows me how important honestly is, and I realize that children are the only truly honest creatures around. She shows me the world through her 4-year-old eyes - and if I blink, I will miss something - it's the most beautiful, wonderful way to look at the world, and I'm so grateful to be given the privilege of raising this smart, confident, thoughtful, kind, and imaginative little girl! She brings a brightness to my every day, and fills my years with love, laughter, and tears of joy. I love you Freida! Thanks for being you!!
Suffice it to say Hudi had a fun introduction to food coloring. She sure loved those sprinkles!
Of course, no birthday breakfast in complete without some wrapping-paper-ripping.. I love this photo of Ahuva showing her all the wonderful features of her birthday gift!! How sweet??
And the excitement on that girls face!!
Naturally, she crashed. :)
Happiest Birthday wishes sweet child! Wishing you heaps and heaps of growth and happiness in your 4th year!