To celebrate Madilyn’s 3rd birthday, we gathered at the Michael home with Madilyn’s favorite people: her uncles, aunts, cousins, parents and Nana. We missed Mimi, but she is taking care of Gram, who is recovering from surgery in Pennsylvania.
The festivities started early Monday evening when Madilyn, Daddy and cousins went swimming in the pool – one of her favorite things!
Meanwhile, we set up the decorations in the house. We went with an animal theme this year. We found some cute animal plates and cups at Target (I’ve seen them at Publix too) and I customized some blowouts with Madilyn’s initial.
I colored a giraffe pattern on a plain paper mache “M” from Joann’s. I plan to spray paint the letter pink and hang in her room afterward. The picture mats were on clearance at Joann’s. I believe I paid .25 for each! The party favor bags were filled with zoo animal goodies – zoo animal crackers, zoo silly bandz, Little Debbie zebra cakes and assorted lollipops 🙂
I failed to get a picture of the food table with the food on it! But I did want to get a picture of this garland which I made out of animal prints. It says “Happy Birthday!” if you can’t read it in the pic 🙂
Playing with the blowouts
So excited! Madilyn and Drew were two peas in a pod.
Sweet cousin Jaycie … Madilyn recently told her that she’s the “best” cousin!
Madilyn loves her Brock. She has always gravitated toward him like a big brother, ever since she was a baby.
Uncle John praying a special birthday blessing for Madilyn and the food
Baby Kate looked so cute in an animal mask. Madilyn loves Baby Kate and was so excited about packing her special party favor bag with goodies before the party.
The cake …. Madilyn wanted a “pink” cake so I ordered this from Publix with her name on it, then added the Madagascar animals and candles.
We decorated cookies during the party for fun. The kids did a great job and really had fun doing it.
Drew hard at work.
Madilyn’s dress was made by Caitlin’s mom, Mrs. Beth … It’s so beautiful! The zebra theme fit perfectly and she had an “M” embroidered on it.
Enjoying the fruits of her labor.
A job well done.
Even Mommy got into the act.
Brock and Jaycie are always such good sports about hanging out with the little kids and helping them have fun!
Uncle John and Baby Dane
Aunt Alison and Baby Kate
Daddy presented the cake while we sang “Happy Birthday.”
The moment she’s been waiting for all year!
Her eyes were so big!
Making and wish and blowing out the candles…
just a little taste
Purple crayola backpack from the Crayola Factory in PA
A giant Dora coloring book from Aunt Candice!
A cash register from Daddy and Mommy
Balloon fun with cousins
Baby Dane, practicing getting cuter every day
Brock so kindly put together Madilyn’s Tinker Bell scooter – a gift from the Michaels. Madilyn loves it!
At home with her butterfly balloon and Tinker Bell scooter
The night before Madilyn’s birthday she opened presents from Jeff and me and before her birthday party she opened some gifts from Nana, who is really upset that her “big” gift won’t arrive for a few weeks. But when it does, Madilyn will feel like it’s her birthday all over again!
Strawberry Shortcake doll
a pink “clu-clu-clock”
opening Nana’s gift – Tinkerbell!
Our neighbor brought over a sweet gift for Madilyn – a really cute dress. So thoughtful!
Macey is curious too!
And finally, some pictures from Sunday before church – the day before her birthday.
I’m so proud of my beautiful girl and thankful for her. She is growing up so fast and brings us so much happiness every day.