A Very Memorable Birthday 08.28.11

Just last week it was my husband's birthday, and the weather was BEAUTIFUL. Finally a break from the 100 degree temperatures we'd been having. While he was at work, and in my last-minute frenzy of trying to figure out what to get him, I gave my girls a sugary snack and took them outside to take some pictures of them. When he got home, we watched a slideshow, and the girls were so proud of their gift to Daddy.

Somehow though, he managed to do even better (yeah, Scott is way talented). I often take silhouette pictures for my clients, and I have always wanted one of my own kids. Love this. This was the night before the storm...

On my birthday, we got an unwanted visitor named Irene. We had originally planned to go to Busch Gardens with my entire family, but Mother Nature had something else in mind for us. My birthday was yesterday, Saturday the 27th, and it was pouring rain starting early in the morning.

I knew I wasn't going to wish away the rain and wind, so we really made the most of our indoor family bonding time. We played dress up.

And we made various homemade birthday hats. Notice Elsa is wearing a "flip flops" dress. That's because we also spent some time packing for the beach, and Elsa was trying on clothes (which she does non-stop anyway).

We are heading to the Outer Banks in a few days, and we are so fortunate that our house is in Kill Devil Hills (and not one of the flooded cities) so we can actually get there. Side note - my mom and I spent a good 2 hours trying on outfits because we are going to do some family pictures while we are down there. It's not often that I'm on the other side of the camera and oh my goodness, picking out clothes is definitely the hardest part. Now I know what my clients go through! :)

Emme wasn't too into dressing up. She'd rather feed her babies...my retro cabbage patch kids.

Later we played with crafts and stickers...

Sister liked putting them on her legs.

So of course Elsa thought it was a great idea too. Monkey see, monkey do.

Eventually though, we made more birthday crowns and used the stickers to decorate them.

Elsa thought she should put on a little "lipstick" for Mommy's party. It was brown marker, thankfully washable.

Around 3 pm, we lost power....we were at my Mom's house in Richmond. That's okay though, the girls gave us the latest storm updates from their macs. ;-)

My mom is an amazing cook, but thanks to no power we resorted to industrial sized cans of tuna. Ha! No really, she made an amazing salad with tuna on top. With wine and candles. It was perfect.

After dinner, we continued our "indoor camping" by reading stories by lantern-light....my brother and his family were there with us too...and the girls loved seeing their cousin Viv.

We used flashlights to make shadow puppets and animals on the walls.

The highlight of my night though, was this. Birthdays are so special. They are the anniversary of LIFE, and the older I get, the more I want to celebrate them better and better. Thanks to my entire family for making this birthday one I will never forget. And thanks to everyone who left the sweetest notes on my Facebook wall.

Today was a beautiful day, so with that I just want to say goodbye, Irene. You were not invited to my party, but you ended up making my birthday VERY memorable, in ways I didn't even expect. I just hope I don't have to hear the words "batten down" or "hunker" for a very long time. XOXO ~Kris

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