21st May 2013
We celebrate 3 birthdays within 6 weeks of each other - Elsie's being the last. My small and delicate (but strangely tomboyish) girl turned 5 on 15th May. Elsie is such a funny character. She loves all things considered girly - dresses, hair clips, nail varnish, handbags, yet you will find her donning all of these whilst roughing it in the garden with her brothers! One day Jean came in from the garden and told me that Elsie had taken a pee on the grass - Jean was mortified! The thought of such a thing had her cringing. Elsie ran in soon after and shouted with delight - "I did a wee in the garden mummy, and my clothes didn't get wet!" Dear me... My children are pretty wild, I am not entirely sure what the neighbours think! :)
Elsie had been waiting very patiently for her birthday to arrive. My children are given the choice of the meals for the day and an activity for the family. Elsie changed her mind numerous times in the run up, but settled on swimming (for her activity ) at the last minute.
Amidst the madness and many birthday celebrations, I somehow managed to sew a birthday dress and knit a bolero for my little girl. I am not a seamstress, no no, I am a mother who try's her hand at many things! The dress came out okay, although I think I would have liked it more had I made it longer and perhaps added some kind of trim? The pattern is simplicity 2377 and this is the 2nd time that I have
attempted made it.
Jean and Jude both purchased (with their own money) individual presents for Elsie. Jean, the book entitled 'Elsie' - a simple board book with few words but pretty pictures and Jude, some small 'my little ponies' - I remember loving these as a small girl. I bought Max a 'Tiger who came to tea' puzzle to wrap and give to Elsie and we also got her a watch.
Swimming was a blast, apart from the fact that the height restrictions on the slides had gone up, which meant Elsie and Max couldn't ride - there were tears from the birthday girl! :(
My egg free cake making skills are now pretty good (I've had 8years of practice ;)). The cake was delicious and was thoroughly enjoyed by all - especially my 5 year old girl. Happy birthday Elsie - you are wonderful, you truly are! :)