It is really hard to believe, but our little girl just turned four years old! Elizabeth is a bright ray of sunshine in our lives, and we are so thankful to celebrate four wonderful years with her.
Originally I was planning a ballerina party for her, but a few weeks ago we were talking about it and she said, “No, Mommy. I want a rainbow party!” She stuck to it, so a rainbow party she got. Her birthday fell on a Sunday this year and she wanted just girls, so we had her party over lunch yesterday. There were 5 little girls that came, and they had so much fun together!
Here they all are, with the birthday girl in her rainbow dress!!
We decorated everything with rainbows and rainbow colors.
All the food was rainbow. Rainbow pizza, rainbow veggies, rainbow pinwheel cookies, skittles, watermelon cake (rainbow colors), rainbow kool-aid, and of course rainbow cake!
We did a LOT of fun rainbow crafts and activities. The girls used colored pasta to make rainbow sun-catchers, they played rainbow bingo while they ate all the food, and then they made Fruit-Loop necklaces (thanks to a box that my mom sent that made it JUST in time the day before the party!) before cake and presents. And then after stuffing themselves full, they went outside to play with water balloons and swing (and burn off all that sugar!).
Happy Happy Birthday to my sweet Elizabeth girl!
This is a pretty simple post: we’d just like to share some pictures we’ve been taking lately of day-to-day living and the beautiful things here. Some of these have that “vintage” look; we’ve been playing around with Instagram lately. Although it’s probably just a passing fad, at least it does encourage us to take more pictures! If you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram you may have already seen some of these.
The biggest issue for me with phone cameras is the color; they just can’t seem to capture the vividness of things. Fun vintage filters are a way to try to get it in there, but it’s still not the same as a real camera. Anyway, here’s our favorites:
Bougainvillea in our front yard:
A beautiful sunset, from our side porch:
Same spot, after sundown on a different day:
A very happy Charlotte:
A view from alongside the road on the way back from the village:
Kara’s view of the road from behind me on the bike:
A 360 degree view of a Balinese church on our island:
Beautiful rice paddies:
Elizabeth and her princess castle (mommy helped a little bit):
(As a random note, those are all phone-camera pictures with the exception of the rice paddies. Phones have come a long way!)
Today was a rough morning. No big reason, just one of those days where I don’t feel like I understand what’s going on around me. Kids screaming. Laundry. Dishes. Packing. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had a morning like this…
Anyway, after lunch there were some things I just had to do and I wasn’t able to play with the girls like I usually would. At first they were kind of fussy, and then Elizabeth told me she was “out of ideas”. I kept on cleaning up and doing laundry and then I noticed that something had happened. They started playing with each other! Charlotte loves to go out on the balcony here at my sister’s apartment and Elizabeth started running out there and jumping close to her. All I heard was the giggling! See what happens if I can just let go of my guilt of not engaging and interacting with them constantly and just let them play?!?! They had a great time!
It is the best reward of all to see the two of them having so much fun together as sisters. Here is the video of our sweet girls. Charlotte was laughing so hard that she had fallen over and I think she couldn’t stop laughing to get up.