Yes, there is now a six year old in the house. This years party was again at Safari Run as our popular daughter invited so many kids we needed a big location. What a great time everyone had with both parents noticing that while there were more kids, having them older really makes a difference for the party chaos. While I wouldn't go so far as to say it was a "relaxing" event, there was very little actual stress involved.
Snaps to Judy of course who did all the hard stuff (party favors, cupcakes, snacks, decorations, food prep, etc. etc.) as I think on it, no wonder it seemed so stress-free!
Since this is a Bear birthday, it had to span several days. Sunday was the family party. Both parties had the theme "Kung Fu Panda" as we've officially grown to an age where princess themes are somehow obsolete.
Grandpa Bob dressed for the occasion as "Kung Fu Grandpa". As you can see he was showing Dan a few of his super secret moves. Don't try this at home boys and girls, it requires special training, appropriate beverages and, of course, the proper clothing.
With so many people attending her party there were so many gifts. From mom and dad (ok lets be honest, dad did all the work) Ashton got her first computer. A mini computer that is just her size and that happens to be the source of severe jealousy from her sister (those who remember being a kid, this was obviously a big part of the appeal for Ashton).
Grandpa Bob helped set up a skype account for her so that they can webcam-communicate to each other. Mom and dad feel left out of the whole technology thing as this is our very first webcam for the house.
Once again, we are amazed that time has gone by so quickly and at how blessed we are to have such a wonderful child. Ashton has grown into a very generous and beautiful person who is very comfortable in her own skin. It was amazing to see her "work the crowd" at the party, helping out her mom in keeping straight all the guests names, their parents names, their siblings names, etc. etc.
What a wonderful girl and what a great birthday. Thanks to everyone for making it such a special day for her.