Thursday, July 22, 2010

Annika turns 3

Annika's last day wearing her "I'm 2" necklace that was mommy's when she was 2.

Present time, after breakfast. Annika's first gift was a box of mini sugar cereals that her & saben shared for breakfast. We might have a tradition here....cocoa krispy birthday breakfast.

Sweet birthday girl.
We spent the morning preparing for Annika's party. Family and friends were due to arrive at 3pm. We did take plenty of time to play with her new gifts and then sent the kids downstairs to watch Annika's new tinkerbell movie.
Annika was so cute because she just sort of looked at each gift with no emotion. Later, she LOVED them all, but the only one we got a positive response to was the tinkerbell movie and it was mostly because she recognized tinkerbell. We also got her some melissa & doug magnetic dress up dolls, a unicorn puzzle, a kids Uno game, pasting book (kumon), ladybug girl book, curious george soundtrack and putamayo kids singalong CD. Saben got her a Calico Critters playset.
Soon the guests arrived, including our adorable niece and nephew:
We quickly moved the party outside for some water play. Riley & her family came and the kids all had a ball.
Annika loves the water.

Beautiful miss hailey.
Riley made sure she was available to help Annika with anything she needed during present opening time.

For some reason, Saben jumped on the tutus that Grandma Young made for annika and quickly was wearing all three. (one for each arm and one on his head). Later we got all three older kids to model them for us. (Saben with GUNS)

Annika chose My Little Pony plates/napkins so I decorated her cake with a My Little Pony doll. (a hideous new one with gigantic head and weird hair) After the party, Grandma wanted a picture with her three grandchildren. HA HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Seriously, this is what I live with every day - complete insolence.

Literally the best picture we got out of....15?

Kyle argues that we shouldn't try to make them be normal, these pictures capture their "true" personalities.
After picture time, Annika & Riley decided to go swimming.....naked. It was hilarious, especially since both girls were completely hopped up on sugar.

Annika got quite chilly after swimming in the evening air and I caught a couple pictures of her "cold face".

Riley tried to mimic Annika's cold face and this is what she came up with:

Keep trying Riley, you'll get it someday...

Annika is the funniest, sweetest, most rambunctious three year old and I fall more in love with her each and every day. We love you birthday girl!


Kristen said...

happy birthday annika!!

looks like such a fun and memorable day. love all of the sweet details, kari! and those tutus from grandma young are darling.

all of your photos in this post are so, so cute. i was laughing out loud at annika's cold face--she is hilarious. i feel so blessed that we have been able to see you all and spend time together recently! you have such a fun and beautiful family. xoxo

Jen said...

Happy Birthday Annika! Looks like you guys had a blast. :)

Shauna said...

Great pics! Love the pics of your mom and the kids. I agree with Kyle...their personalities are what they are, so might as well not have them fake it for the camera. haha. :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Annika, looks like you had a great time. love the tutu's great aunt Debbie

Rebekah said...

what a doll indeed! Happy Birthday to your sweet and hilarious Annika - your family is so awesome Kari and it really was so fun to see you last week! Glad the birthday celebration was such a fun success!