Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Four Year Old in the House

The princess around here turned four. None of her young friends could make it to the party, but it is a testament to her sweet spirit that all kinds of grown-up friends took time out of their day to dress-up and come to her princess party. The ladies even dug in the back of their closets for old prom and bridesmaid dresses. Caroline loved how fancy everyone was, and that the boys even wore "handsome ties," as she requested. You are one loved girl, Miss Caroline!

All the ladies dressed up. And she might be a princess, but she's still a Fike, and she requested ribs and hot dogs for her party. She's her daddy's daughter! The man behind all the wonderful food.
Saying hello to Andrew and Katherine. Have you ever seen a princess eating ribs before?
She loved her "fancy" cupcakes! It was worth all the time I spent the night before to see the delight on her face in the morning.
Blowing out four candles.
A sweet brother who was such a gentleman all day. He and I had gone shopping earlier in the week, because he wanted to spend his own money and buy his sister a gift. We went to Ben Franklin, on his insistence, and he wandered the whole store until he found what he wanted: some buttons for her to make crafts with. He carefully chose the pink and purple ones out of the Ben Franklin "treasure chest" of buttons, and then found some bracelets for her too. It took all his money, and warmed his mother's heart.
She travelled around the room and opened each gift with the giver. She also saved all the bows and tissue papers: they were all fancy!
Her favorite Aunt Becky. On a sidenote, she told me the other day that Aunt Becky is her favorite because she makes her vanilla steamers with whip cream. Affronted, I said: "but I cuddled with you all last night when you were sick!" She reassured me with, "well you are my second favorite, Mom!" She's a cutie!
Excited to see the kitten that she and Kim had shopped for together. You're an awfully nice friend Kim!
Gifts from "Uncle" John and Hynndie.
Opening a Giants shirt with Uncle Ted. Now she'll be ready to cheer on her team this year too!
Phil reading her the poem with pictures that he wrote/made for her.
The two Carolines. Sitting on Papa's lap to open her bunnies. She played with them all day today! Every year Caroline has received a book (or two) from Mike, and a dress from Ellen. What fun gifts!
The before picture of the cupcakes, which we enjoyed all day today too! Happy birthday to the surprise girl in our family. You're all girl, and we all love your hugs and giggles and your imaginative spirit. Four years old!

1 comment:

katie said...

Happy Birthday, Caroline! Soooo fancy! I agree with your Mama, you are one sweet girl, and so very loved by so very many people. You ALL look beautiful. And those cupcakes are amazing, how did you do that?