Olivia is definitely not a baby anymore...a fact that she personally likes to remind me of daily.
She is also completely ecstatic to be the birthday girl. She even got a little pre-birthday practice during her birthday party this past Sunday.
The big kids, Ben and I all stayed up a little later on Saturday night (after Olivia went to bed) making sure all the decorations were perfect for Olivia's Minnie Mouse celebration.
When Olivia woke up bright and early on Sunday morning (6:20 am, to be exact), she raced out into the kitchen and was thrilled to see...."MY BIRF-DAY!" The life size poster of Minnie was her absolute favorite and she even instructed me to take a picture of her by Minnie Mouse.
After church, we came home and got ready for a birthday lunch of grilled burgers and hot dogs, apples and caramel dip, chips and queso, and baked beans. As soon as Grandma and Grandpa arrived, we all dug in. Olivia's favorites were definitely the hot dog and apple dip (she basically just dipped one apple in the dip and licked it off...over and over again).
Next up was birthday presents! Olivia has come a long way in present opening and pretty much handled it like a pro this year.
She wasn't even shy about showing all her Minnie Mouse presents to all of us after she opened them!
However, she just might have taken a little bit of time in between each present to test them out first before going to the next one.
Of course she needed Allie and Zach's help setting up all her new toys....
I was a little afraid she would be too busy playing to want to eat cake, but as soon as I said "I think it's time for cake," she hopped right up and was the first one in the kitchen.
Of course, no Minnie Mouse party would be complete without a polka-dot Minnie Mouse cake:
She waited very patiently while we took pictures and was pretty thrilled to be the center of attention as we sang "Happy Birthday, Olivia!"
At the end of our song, she had no problem blowing out the candles all on her own!
And she absolutely wasted no time digging into her piece of cake as soon as it was placed in front of her!
We all had a fantastic time celebrating Olivia with all of her favorite things!