Miriam turned 7 on Valentine's Day. It's always so surprising how fast time flies. Miriam, our fourth child, is our oldest daughter. She was our first child born in Arizona. In fact, she was born in the very room that is now the girls' bedroom. She shares her birthday with my late grandfather on my Mom's side, whom I loved very much.
2 days old, with Solomon (5)
Isaac is only 4 years old in this picture!
John was just barely 2
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Miriam is one of our late sleepers. As such, she is our only child that does not get up at some insanely early hour on her birthday, eager to open gifts. A fact I really appreciate, as I typically wrap gifts late the night before.
Solomon gave her this card
Isn't he a sweet big brother?
She got a real porcelain tea set from us, which came in a beautiful case to keep it safely stowed away.
Later that day, my husband and the kids went to the Valentine's homeschool skate. Isaac stayed home with me that day, because his asthma was acting up, as it often does that time of the year. In the afternoon, Miriam went on a date to Starbucks, just her and Dad.
We decided a couple of years ago that we would do birthday parties for the kids every other year, and a fun outing for their birthday every other year. This year is the "year of the parties". Miriam's birthday is the first one of the year, closely followed by Isaac's (more on that in a separate post).
Her birthday party was on Saturday, the day after her birthday. We decided to have a tea party, since she had been enjoying doing tea parties with her sisters so much. This turned out really nice, and even though it looks like it might have been a lot of trouble, it turned out to be pretty easy and budget-friendly, as we already had all the supplies, and the food was simple yet elegant.
The invites - never mind that I got the date wrong on them... :)
Fruit cups and PB&J finger sandwiches
Orange chocolate chip scones and decorated sugar cookies
Miniature cupcakes with pink almond buttercream frosting
One of the activities was to make an edible necklace from "fruit loops"
Another activity was to build structures or pictures out of sugar cubes
One of the favors: shortbread cookies made to look like tea bags
The other favor: tea party inspired hair bows for each girl
(ribbon here - I greatly recommend this store)
For the littlest girls, the bows were fastened to head bands
Including the babies and latecomers, we had a total of 15 girls at the party. It was a blast! Only 6 more birthday parties to go this year!! :)