4.16.2012

elsa is 5.

elsa had a birthday this weekend.
i wanted to celebrate big...i searched and searched for a beach house to stay in for a night or 2, but couldn't find one...then i decided that we should take a train to tampa and spend the night in a hotel there...but that didn't work out either.
i wanted her to feel special...so i was wracking my brain...trying to think of anything we could do that would be BIG.

nothing worked out.
so, we ended up inviting 2 of our favorite families over, having pizza and cupcakes and just hanging out on our back porch.
it turned out to be pretty special after all, thanks to good friends who love our elsa.



i love how kohen is trying to blow her candles out...very intently too.
i'm pretty sure the cupcakes got a spit shower thanks to k-man.









and would ya look at that:
a family picture y'all!
and count 'em---there are 8 pairs of eyes looking in the general direction of the camera.
holla.

so, even though this wasn't the beach...or the train...or the zoo...it was a good time with sweet friends who love our family like it was their own.
and i'm pretty sure elsabeth thought it was pretty special too.
happy birthday, elsa.


48 comments:

  1. You have a beautiful family. I love the family pic.. 8 pairs of eyes looking at the camera is no small thing...

    Happy birthday Sweet girl.. I hope you feel super special and loved.

    Happy thoughts all the way from New Zealand on your birthday weekend.

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  2. I love love love that family picture!!

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  3. happy birthday sweet girl, you are loved! what a sweet party, I'm sure she felt so honored!

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  4. That family photo needs to be framed! Too cute. But ya shoulda came to Tampa! Gosh! :)

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  5. Happy birthday Elsa! She is gorgeous! I absolutely adore your family picture. Your family is so beautiful. :)

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  6. Happy, happy birthday to sweet Elsa. Love all the pics, and that family pic is GORGEOUS! How is it possible that you are still as thin as you were before you had sweet Olive?? I am so jealous!

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  7. What a great family photo. I just realized you look awesome for someone who gave birth to five kids. You normally only have photos of your face.

    Happy birthday to your little girl! I'm sure any way you celebrate her birthday is special, beach house or just at home with family and friends.

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  8. I grew up in a family of 7 kids - our birthdays were similar to this, just our family & close cousins - and I remember them all to well :) (that's a good thing!) Looks like such a happy family!

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  9. love the family picture, so great!

    happy birthday elsa!

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  10. Happy Birthday Elsa!!!!!!

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  11. love, love, love all the pics. I especially adore the family pic. I know how hard it is to get all eyes on the camera. Happy birthday to your sweet girl, Elsa.

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  12. It looks like a very special and happy birthday to me!

    Love your family photo!

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  13. that photo is great! happy birthday, elsa!

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  14. Happy Birthday to Elsa! I am beyond thrilled that you got that lovely picture! I think you should just make it your holiday photo and call it a day!
    xx,
    Kate

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  15. sweet Elsa looks so happy! I bet she was over the moon. And what an awesome family picture!!!! I can't even get a picture of me and my husband that I like and you have 6 kiddos!

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  16. It's the simple things that we remember...my oldest (15) can always recap all the fun, easy things we have done over the years...and can barely remember the Disney trips...should have saved a few bucks!
    Happy birthday Elsa!!!

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  17. Happy Birthday Sweet Elsa!! And I love the family pic, by the way!

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  18. yay happy birthday beautiful girl! glad your day was filled with special love :) that family pic rocks! please show us the frame that it will be going in :)

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  19. dang u r one cute family! :) Happy sweet bday to Elsa...giv her a hug for me :)

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  20. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELSA!!!

    Pizza....cupcakes...family...friends....

    now THAT sounds perfectly special!!!!!!!

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  21. i'm in love with elsa. she is just such a treasure. and also, how is she 5??

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  22. 5! So exciting.
    Happy Birthday to your sweet girl.

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  23. Yay! Happy Birthday Elsa!

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  24. Love the family picture. Happy Birthday Sweet Elsa. We share a birthday.

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  25. awe, she's just so so adorable!
    Looks like she thought it was pretty special.
    Happy Birthday to Sweet Little Elsa.

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  26. yay for the birthday girl and her sweet celebration!

    and double yay for a family picture where everyone is looking at the camera! you are a beautiful family!!!

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  27. Happy Birthday sweet girls. Love from the Irvin family.

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  28. What an amazing family photo :)

    And I bet to Elsa, it was a totally awesome birthday. I find myself trying to outdo myself sometimes too... but we have to remember to a child all they want is you. Your time. Your attention. Maybe a few gifts and a birthday cake :)

    Looking back at my childhood, I was the youngest of four- and birthdays were always simple because we didn't have a lot of money. But I was surrounded by those I loved, and what I remember most is everyone singing happy birthday to me. They are perfect memories and I always felt on top of the world.

    Happy Birthday Elsa!

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  29. Happy Birthday Elsa!!!

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  30. You should receive an award for getting everyone to look at the camera! I'm lucky if I can get my family of THREE to do that! Happy Birthday, Elsa!

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  31. Happy Birthday Elsa! Love how she's looking at her cupcakes in the picture with her brother. Cupcakes with family and friends in the backyard was probably better than any trip away to celebrate. great shot of all of you

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  32. Happy birthday, Elsa! She's so adorable. Looks like you guys had a great time! :)

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  33. Oh I just LOVE HER!
    she's so beautiful and precious!
    happy 5th birthday Elsa darling!
    tara

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  34. Happy Birthday Elsa. Sounds like she loved it.
    I posted today about my granddaughter's birthday party that go cancelled. We ended up having quite a good time with some quick on our feet replacement fun.

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  35. She looks so good and healthy! I love her hair in those puffy ponytails. She so pretty ;)

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  36. Sometimes, its not the amount of money we spend or where we go but quality of the people we spend our time with and the amount of amount of memories made <3 Happy Birthday Elsa.

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  37. Happy birthday sweet girl! It was special because she was with her family who loves her so dearly! ;)

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  38. I love these pictures with her and the cupcakes. She looks so HAPPY! and why wouldn't see? She has such a great family AND cupcakes!!!!! Congrats on the family picture. My family still can't get that down and we're all adults!

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  39. How precious! Great pics! Happy birthday Elsa!

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  40. It looks like she had a great time! Adorable photos & very impressive family shot, even Olive is looking at the camera!!

    Linda
    http://lasteve1.blogspot.com

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  41. LOVE the family pic!
    and happy, HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET ELSA! :)

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  42. oh my gosh. LOVE the family pic! and happy birthday to Elsa!

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  43. happy birthday from across the ocean sweet elsa!

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  44. totally snorted when i scrolled that pic of Kohen blowing spit.../snort!
    i'm going to start a board on Pinterest for when i need to *LOL* and that pic will be my FIRST pin! yes?



    happy birthday Elsa!!! XO

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  45. Yay a family picture :D and a good one too!! Nice work. Happy Birthday Elsa!

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  46. i wanna cry. love the pic of all of you!!

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  47. I love your big family!! Happy belated birthday Elsa!!

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  48. You have a beautiful family!!! So inspirational! I just started following your blog, check mine out and follow back!!

    I work in a hospital Emergency Room, we see a lot of kids that end up going to foster homes, and we don't talk about it at work, but we all pray in our hearts they end up in families like yours!

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