She got a colorful bunting banner hung up in her honor.
She played Candy Land with Grandma.
She got a new birthday crown (made from the pattern in Living Crafts Fall 2008 issue)
She confirmed that her mother will not give up her day job to become a cake decorator. (It says "Happy Birthday V". And it's a 2 layer cake with butter-cream cheese frosting, in the colors V requested. And this IS its best side. back off).
She opened presents.
So many presents. (actually, it wasn't as bad as it has been. God bless the recession).
And she danced to music with her cousin Emmy.
I felt guilty not having a passel of kids over in her honor, but I don't think she'd like that much, anyway. She gets overwhelmed being the full center of just our family's attention some days. Plus her birthday was Labor Day this year, when most folks are getting in their last lake weekend of the year. She did let us sing Happy Birthday, quietly, and she ate a healthy dose of cake, as did her grandparents, parents, aunt, uncle, and cousins. Well, Auntie Jess didn't, because she doesn't like chocolate cake (I don't know what's wrong with her. Don't ask).
It warms my heart that everyone at this party was also at the hospital in 2005, waiting for her arrival (except Will, who was there in utero, at 38 weeks, and Emmy, who was still kinda far off on the horizon). I hope we have many more parties like this one. It was a sweet, simple celebration of the most amazing 4 years I've ever known.
I love you, Sprout. Hope 4 is good to you.