Monday, April 28, 2014

Tessa's Super Easter 7th Birthday Weekend

From year to year it varies where Tessa's mid-April birthday will line up with the Easter holiday. This year it fell on Good Friday.

Since my family always does a big Easter celebration and egg hunt at the farm on Easter Sunday, I was hoping that we could easily pass that off as her built-in birthday party. We did do that, but she was also wanting to do something fun with a few of her little (non-cousin) friends.

So we decided to invite a few little girls over for a Good Friday tea party. Nothing too fancy just some finger foods in the dining room and playing outside on the playground. The weather was perfect for our little get together and the whole thing was very low stress for Mommy.

Target is the perfect place to shop for tea party foods, by the way. Mini cupcakes, mini croissants, and cute little table things. Very easy to put together and hey, I like that! Thank you Target, as always.

Rachel, a former blog regular, is a big first grader now too. These girls are growing up too fast.

Tessa got some blank journals and quickly got to work writing about nature. I had to remind her that she was in the middle of her own birthday party.

Olivia has been on the blog a bunch of times too. Another kid who is growing up too fast. I guess they all are....or am I just getting old?

Saturday our church had a big Easter egg hunt and picnic which was another bonus addition to her birthday weekend. Yes Tessa is wearing her dance clothes. We had come straight from Saturday morning ballet class with no time to change.
There are a LOT of kids in our church so this is always a big operation and alway fun. This group pictured is just the 7 and 8 year old, lined up and waiting their turn. Every kid got a set number of eggs they could know, to reduce the likelihood of candy related violence.

On Easter Sunday we went to a beautiful service at our church and then headed down to North Vernon for family time. We also picked up a cake at our favorite place...Target. Not an Erin cake, but still pretty cute. Target seriously...what would I do without you? 

Charley's hair had risen...indeed! 

While the kids ate cupcakes, the menfolk were out in the yard hiding eggs. Mamaw's yard is the perfect place for an egg many plants and rocks and tricky places to look. 

The cousin crew all lined up and ready to hunt. 

Mark was the first kids to bow out and say he was too old for this and decided to hold Waffle instead. I think Waffle agreed with this decision. 

After hunting eggs, Tessa opened her family presents. The big gift this year was her first real American Girl doll from Mom. (because honestly I wanted to make sure she was old enough to be responsible before anyone bought her a $100 doll!). She named her doll Betty April. 

Mom-mom and Pop in Colorado also sent along the one accesory Tessa had begged for...a 'get better' set including a wheelchair, cast and crutches. Future doctor in training? 

After our busy birthday Easter weekend we were exhausted, but it sure was a lot of fun. Hard to believe that this kid is 7 years old. Didn't she just learn to walk like...yesterday?

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