Monday, May 4, 2020

Celebrating Penelope turning 5

It feels like a life time ago already but really it was only last week that Penelope officially turned five. I completely forgot about sharing pictures of her actual "party", and while I know you probably don't care, this blog has become a diary of sorts and it helps me remember far better than a regular ol' diary does.


Penelope ended up having a really nice day even though she REALLY wanted a party at the YMCA swimming with her friends from school. Fortunately it was a pretty OK day outside so we did get to play outside and in, and I didn't make Penelope (or Lucy) do school stuff all day.

I'm a cool mom. Obviously.
My friend Wendy and her daughter Haley (who is Olivia's friend) dropped off a gift for Penelope early and she was THRILLED. They got her some puffy paints and a shirt so we did that craft over the weekend and she's anxiously waiting for it to dry so she can wear it!
She let me take her picture as an "official five year old" and this was the pose she picked and said she's "fashion" now. 
Only a quick one with me, though because she's too cool apparently. 
After lunch, my friend Shannon and her daughters (who dance with Olivia) dropped off treats for Pep and, clutch your pearls, she SHARED with everyone. I'm not even kidding. She was so excited because they also made her a birthday crown (which I failed to remember, so they inadvertently saved the day). 
For dinner, birthday kid gets to pick what we eat, and not surprisingly she picked hot dogs and tater tots, with pink lemonade. 
She even got to pick her cake which was chocolate with white frosting with a unicorn theme. Oddly, her unicorn is apparently a cyclops or something, it only has one eye. Ha! 
The BEST part was her blowing out her candles. She took a minute before, sat with her fists clenched and her eyes closed and told us she was "wishing so hard" but of course, didn't tell us what it was she wished for. 
I remembered to get her crown our friends made!
 Matt's mom got her some great gifts but the favorite between Penelope and Lucy is definitely this puzzle set. They have spent so much time going through the cards and taking turns making the things on the cards with the limited wood pieces you get. If you're a teacher, this would be a fun table activity for sure.
We got her the Lego Treehouse she really wanted and Matt spent a LOT of time showing her how to put it together that night. It came with three bags and she made it through two bags before pooping out so Matt finished it up. 
A couple of days later a HUGE box from my parents in Florida and Penelope got a Frozen themed Lego set and she LOVED it, the girls got smelly Play Doh, and a few other things. The big kids got new puzzles.

Overall she had a great birthday. I think the quarantine is getting to us all but we underestimate what a hardship this is for kids. Kids are such social creatures and if they've been in school with daily interaction with friends and now are stuck at home it is a hard transition. I sometimes forget that and when they have bad days, just like I do, I have been trying to remember this is just as hard for them and they don't understand whats going on.

So, she's five. She starts kindergarten in the fall. I'm so excited for her, I feel like age five is when their personality really starts to take shape. Sure, we kind of see it now but once she's out in the world away from us she'll change and start becoming her own person. I'm excited to see her grow, I have a feeling she's going to be a cool little kid.


Lecy | A Simpler Grace said...

What a cutie! I hope she had a wonderful fifth birthday.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Aw, it sounds like she had a really nice birthday! I love all the fun gifts she got - puffy paint for a t-shirt sounds like a really fun craft. :)