On her actual birthday, which fell on a Wednesday, she had a birthday party with friends from school. It was fall break, which allowed for this odd party time, and I'm sure all of our jam-packed Saturday schedules are thankful for that. I had to fight the urge to go all Pinterest crazy. It is tempting, but I didn't really want to spend much money since it wasn't her only party, and I didn't want to go overboard. Instead I went with cupcakes that I made and simple games like tag and duck-duck-goose that require no planning. And you know what? The kids still had fun, even without personalized monogrammed gift bags and an elaborate handmade pin-the-tail on the whatever game.
Once again Alana smiled like a goober while we sang to her, she can't help herself. She is the only kid (in my family at least) that gives just as much attention to the card that comes with her present. She opens it carefully, reads it, and doesn't even check for money. She is a gracious gift opener. I was glad that she got lots of books and jewelry this year, she loves both of those and they don't take up tons of room in the toy box.