Friday, September 02, 2011

celebrating emi

i'll be honest with 
after years & years .....& years
of planning multiple birthday parties each year
i've grown to appreciate when one of my birthday girls
actually prefers the following plan.

1. their personal dinner of choice at home.
emi was pretty flexible on her wishes,
so we went with grilled tilapia
roasted broccoli (barefoot contessa's version)
publix potato rolls
&mashed potatoes
( her plate also had rice. sorry folks. i realize this is a starch foul but hey, she's the birthday girl)

2. bff joining us for birthday dinner at our local pizza joint

3. request for these!
& yay for me
we wear the same size!
4. & because we're all about celebrating birthdays
or anything , really,
by eating out
the birthday girl chose another destination for birthday dinner #3
with the fam

5. cards & balloons & candy
em is not a cupcake cookie eater. candy all the way baby!

6. a sweet personalized canvas
painted by caroline 
to match emi's room

while i loved those days of Madeline tea parties,
sleep overs, pool parties, ballet parties
Belle, Anastasia & Barbie character parties,
gymnastic parties for the entire class,
let's all go to the movie parties....
i really really love the days
of purchasing boots, grilling, eating out with bff's
lavishing the birthday girl with love
& calling it a day!


Ciao Marezy said...

Those are truly the BEST of days! Your girls are so loved! It's so nice to see a family like yours.

just call me jo said...

Looks like lots of love and simple fun. That's what a birthday should be. She's just lovely as are you all.

Jennifer said...

My boys started doing the same thing...just wanted a family dinner and they were the best birthdays! Blessed family Paige!

Kat said...

Fun!!! We had some of those same balloons for Livie's party last week. That sounds like my kind of celebration!!! Can't wait until my girls want to celebrate their birthdays that way too!

Heather said...

That sounds like such a fun birthday and look how gorgeous you look!!

Amy R. said...

Me too! Love those kind of birthdays! You have such a fun family.

feedingmypickyeaters said...

I love your blog!! Can you please email ways to cook tilapia. Your kids enjoy it and I just really don't know how to cook it well.

{A*very} Blessed Life said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet girl! It looks like she had a perfect time of celebrating. Your photos, I just love! Hope y'all have a fabulous long weekend! Oh and tell Trevor, "GO Vols!" ;-)Even though he's at UGA, I know he still has a little orange in his heart!

Kimberly said...

Those kind of birthdays are my faves too! Happy birthday to your sweet Emi! :)

Coastal Health and Home said...

Happy Birthday, Emily!

Special times with family and friends...that's what matters the



Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

How sweet to have all these girls to celebrate. I wish I had a few more than just the ONE. (Though one is plenty of fun, just the same.) You sure know how to party.

Kelli said...

Sounds like a WONDERFUL birthday. And gummy candy...she's a girl after my own heart.

Biz said...

This sounds like my kind of birthday!
Your daughters radiate joy which I can only attribute to the love you've poured into them!
Thank you for sharing.
You are a wonderful example of what a good Mom can be!


christina said...

happy birthday to your emi!!!
such fun!

Between You and Me said...

Happy Birthday to your girl~

we're in the middle of those years where big birthday parties are EVERYTHING....kind of looking forward to smaller things like you guys are experiencing!!!

Bravehearted Beauty {formerly LLH Designs} said...

That is my kind of birthday! Love every single bit of it! Enjoy the long weekend, sweet friend! We're off to Dallas to visit friends with FIVE girls (all born within 5 1/2 years...twins at the end!).


melissa said...

Happy birthday to Emi! I have that same 'You are special plate' .. a gift many years ago, 20+!
And yay for you, paige and the boots!! :)

Love Being A Nonny said...

Your girls are beautiful! I Mentioned YOU on my post today!

Jodi said...

Happy Birthday, sweet Emi! My Beka is a fan of all candy too! :) I have started doing dinners too instead of a big party.

great pics! :)

take care!

Alecia said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Emi!!! Glad you all had a wonderful time celebrating the sweet gift of Emi...I have fond memories of birthday dinners with family...they're very special!

Courtney Walsh said...

awww, I love this. Sometimes I miss the little girl days, but this is such a good reminder of what I have to look forward too! Happy Birthday to your sweet girl! :)