All day as people have asked Anna how old she is now, her immediate answer was, "five."
She's also been singing "happy birthday dear Anna . . . happy birthday dear Anna" all day long.
I'm not sure if I have ever seen a child more in love with their birthday than this little girl. She has been floating on cloud nine all day . . . dancing about in her pink tutu . . . spreading cuteness everywhere she goes.
It all began this morning when we all went into her bedroom to sing Happy Birthday. At the end of our serenade she groaned, "I'm too tired." Oh come on Anna, it's your birthday. "It's not my birthday. In 5 minutes." She finally pulled herself out of bed and down the stairs to find streamers decorating the family room & kitchen and a pile of presents on the kitchen island. "Wow, thank you guys!" She probably repeated this 10 times.
What does it take to create a blissfully happy birthday for a 3-year-old? How about . . . . one present to open in the morning (a new birthday outfit), an episode of Dora, music & dancing & playing at wee-bop class, three pink balloons, lunch at the park, pink cupcakes, and more presents.
Especially when one or two or three of those presents are covered with pictures of Disney princesses. She got a lot of fun things. Several princess items, a couple new outfits for her bitty baby, a game, and a Fancy Nancy doll & book.
I'm so glad I had the video camera rolling during the unwrapping because it was a hoot. The boys were in charge of brining the gifts over to Anna one by one. She'd open a present and then, "Conner, it's your turn. Go for it! Give it to me!" The present was opened and then immediately, "Payton, it's your turn. Go for it! Give it to me!"
Anna requested pink cupcakes for her birthday. She actually calls them pancakes or muffins. For dinner it was pizza.
At the end of the day she said, "Thank you guys for happy birthday to Anna." Over and over again.
We love this little girl! She is daring, dainty, goofy, independent, sweet, spunky, energetic, surprisingly athletic, outgoing, full of personality, a singer, a chicken, a talker, an absolute joy to be around . . . . . our Anna. Happy birthday girly!