Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A little Fairy turned FIVE today

Five years ago yesterday I only had one child; but five years ago today I woke up, got dressed, bid a bittersweet farewell to my little Bracken and Justin and I headed off to the hospital for an event we knew would greatly change the dynamic of our little family. The day that Abbie was born was a beautiful spring day in northern Virginia and I was extremely excited---albeit a tad irritated that my induction couldn't occur the next day on the coveted date of 5-5-05---to have this little girl.

She is worth staying up until 2AM making birthday party signs for...
(it says Fairy Abbie)

...and worth driving all over town to multiple Michael's to find the perfect items to decorate fairy wings and wands with.

I love her so much I am happy to bake hearts and bugs so her preschool class will know that she is special and today is her day.

She is amazing, and creative, and unique. She chose to spend her last night as a four-year-old in rainbow GAP pj's with a white leotard on over them, and a tutu over that. She finished the look with her favorite white cable-knit cardigan and struck these poses when I told her in the morning that I didn't want to forget the way she entered her fifth year of life (what's better, the hair or the outfit?).

She was celebrated at school and got to wear the oh-so-original "It's My Birthday" hat, but mostly she was just thrilled that the day to wear her Oopsy Daisy skirt had finally arrived. It had been hanging in my closet for a few weeks and she would go in to look at it, or try it on, but knew it was for wearing on her birthday. She got her special birthday shirt from her Aunt Jessie who shares Abbie's belief that a special event is merely an excuse for a new and equally special outfit.

She twirled and twirled all day long and never got sick of seeing the skirt swirl out around her. When it was finally time for her party I decided to release the panic I was feeling over the fairy wings that had not yet arrived via UPS (though the entire party was based around all of the girls in their wings) and to just enjoy the moment with her; I was aware of the fact that my beautiful little girl is no longer my baby. Something happens when a child crosses over from preschool age to being old enough for elementary school and it seems to happen right before your eyes. She is now officially a big kid and I love her.

Her friends love her too as you can see from the party shots. Most of her best friends were there in their best fairy attire and were excellent at shaking their wands and spreading fairy dust throughout the house. I have decided to view the glitter that I spread all around the table displays, and which the girls spread everywhere else and is now covering every surface of my home, as a reminder of the fact that today was special for us all.

Abbie is one of the six loves of my life and I hope that she knows that each and every day. She is her mother's daughter and I would not change one thing about her---given the chance I would have ended the day in some fabulous new shoes and an amazing dress too! {wedding apparel courtesy of grandpa who had to endure a zillion times of Abbie reminding him that's what she really, really wanted for her birthday if mom said she can't get such nice things just on a random trip to Target....who is that mean mom????}

Oh, and the UPS man did finally show up. Thank heaven.


Rachel Kirkham said...

I can't believe that little thing is FIVE!!!! Where has the time gone? She is such a sweet heart and we love her so much too! It looks like an amazing party! I'm telling you Brooke, I have no idea how you do it. You are the perfect combination of your mom and dad and I know they are so proud! We miss you and LOVE you!!!

Melodrama Mama said...

She is beautiful and I LOVE the skirt. Your went all out for her birthday - very impressive! She is lucky to have such a fun, creative, & loving Mom.

Jessie and Taylor Miller said...

she's such a fantastic little model! I had to click on every picture to blow it up big and look at all of the amazing details!!! those cupcake toppers were adorable!! and i still am obsessed with the fairy abbie sign! hmmm.... where did she get her "special" birthday hat? i hadn't heard about that. and i loved her birthday eve pajama outfit. and i love herrrrrr! (and 'im glad i got to see a close up on the bows on the back of the wedding heels:) )

Allie said...

Looks like the party was a success. So glad the wings arrived! Happy Birthday, Abbie!

Royal and Carolyn Shipp said...

I just have to comment Brooke. I have been following your blog since you sent me a Xmas card here in Colombia (took till February to get here). I can't look at that little girl without seeing your mom in her. And you, Brooke, are a priceless mom. You come out of the same mold as your dad with inventive and creative celebrations. Such fun to watch you and Ally as grown ups!!!!

Heather and Dave said...

Wow- I debated commenting, since I would be the one to tip the scale from FIVE comments to six...but I thought, what the hay? Thank goodness UPS pulled through. Would've been sad to have all those fairies w/out wings! Loved every photo and the cute description. I totally can picture you saying a teary goodbye to Bracken...we just did that with Molly almost 2 months ago and now I know Kate will be five next time I turn around. Cute party, you out-did yourslef AGAIN! (But keep up the blogging...don't let it be like the Rusters Turns Twoster with a tutu and tiara party...all over again. We love the updates...keep up the good work super mama!) xoxo!!!!! Happy 5th Fairy Abbie!

megan&steve said...

I remember the wish of having her on 5/5/05 and now its almost easier to remember her Birthday on the 4th instead.
Love the skirts, all of the details that went into a special girls 5th birthday.
Happy Birthday Abbie

The Weeds said...

Happy Birthday, Abbie! Your birthday party looked very magical and you are such a big girl! I hope all of your birthday wishes came true:)

Martha and Jesse said...

what a perfect birthday party for a sweet five year old! Happy Birthday, Abbie!