Saturday, April 30, 2011

Alex's 6th birthday

I can't believe our princess is 6!  I've had an odd reaction to Alex turning 6 - I am usually giddy at the thought of a birthday for my girl.  But this year, it hit me that turning 6 means that you are officially a "kid."  I think 1-4 is still "little", 4-5 is the bridge, and turning 6 is full on kiddo-hood.  Of course I was excited with and for Alex, but it's just hard watching her grow up so quickly.

I only have a few pics of her actual birthday, because her party was the following weekend.  She was so excited to go to school on her birthday.  I had a special birthday shirt made for her and she had a class party.  She said it was the "best day of her life."  What she didn't know is that we had a HUGE surprise for her later that evening.

Miss Gabby (Alex's babysitter), YaYa, Nathan, Carson and I threw Alex a birthday party at home after school.  We got gluten free pizza, cupcakes and decorated the house.  She had a few small presents to open from us, an amazing Rapunzel tower from YaYa and B.B., and then we had her open a special card that was from her Fairy Godmother.

I helped Alex read the card and watching her face was such a priceless moment.  I was so happy YaYa got to be there to see it all!  The Fairy God mother sent Alex on a scavenger hunt throughout the house leaving her clues and presents.  She got a princess tiara, wand, three DVD's and finally there was a treasure box waiting for her in her bedroom.  She went to her room and read the final clue, explaining that she was GOING TO DISNEY WORLD FOR HER BIRTHDAY PRESENT!  We told her we are going May 8-13 and that it would just be Mommy, Daddy and Alex.  Carson is staying back because he is too young.  She just sat there a bit overwhelmed and perplexed (which is very hard to do!)  We could tell she was incredibly excited but she was very worried that Carson wouldn't be joining us.  After we showed her a video of Magic Kingdom, she was bouncing off the walls with excitement.

Finally, her Daddy made her an awesome Disney countdown calendar so she could start counting down the days until our vacation.  The calendar has a sticker box for each of the 80 days to countdown.  It's such a fun and great idea.  She said," 80 days...that's going to take forever and ever!"

Needless to say, it was so much fun to finally get to share our big secret with her.  We've been planning the trip for a while and the thought of spending 6 days with our 6 year old Alex in Disney World, is almost more than I can handle.  Happy 6th birthday, baby girl!  We only have a few pics...we were having way too much fun!

Our sweet 6 year old wearing her new t-shirt

The card sent by her Fairy Godmother

Alex, Macy & Daddy get some sweet cuddle time

The Darby fam celebrating Alex's special day

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