We missed Paul a lot in September. He would go to El Paso during the week and drive home for the weekends. Anna, being a total Daddy's girl, missed him plenty.
We celebrated Paul's 31st birthday when he was home one weekend. Of course the girls were more excited than anyone.
Hattie gave him a new cycling jersey, which she picked out all by herself. Paul was shocked at the color...not his typical style. But Hattie loves it and at least the cars will see him.
Books and games always make my husband happy.
And just 6 days later is Hattie's birthday. I can't believe she's four.
These little animals from Grandma were an instant favorite.
And, oddly enough, Hattie had been asking for a magnifying glass for months.
And what 4 year old girl will complain about a Strawberry Shortcake remote controlled car?
We had a party with friends to celebrate...Her buddy Juliet has a birthday just a few days later so the party was for both of them.
It was a rainbow/unicorn party.
Giving each kid their own helium balloon was the best idea ever...they loved them.
We made unicorn bags to take their treats home in.
Anna needed a little extra help pinning the horn on the unicorn.
And the pinata was certainly a highlight. Not surprisingly, the only 5 year old invited was the one to bust it open.
Anna could only lift the bat by holding it backwards.
And what party is complete without cake!
I love my little Hattie who is growing up so fast. She loves to play with friends. Every day she asks who is coming over to play. And she could spend hours every day at her desk coloring, coloring, gluing, and taping. She is always making books for family and friends. She has also decided that she will be doing her hair from now on, much to my dismay, especially since she does nothing to it and refuses to let me touch it. She is a very good sister to Anna, and is always telling me how she is going to help me with baby brother...changing diapers, giving bottles, and playing with him. She always is singing and making up songs. I think she will have a very beautiful voice as she grows up. She really is growing into a wonderful little girl. Love you Hattie!