First Ballet Class

I can't think of an exact event or date that contributed to EJ's love for ballet but a conglomeration of things.

We started reading "Bravo Tanya" a delightful story about a girl who loves to dance and starts going to a ballet school where she cant hear the music she normally hears in her head.

 Then we read the Mia series about a kitten at dance school.

When EJ does get to watch television her favorite show is Angelina Ballerina (the new version, the characters are much sweeter). Most of the show takes place at a dance school where Angelina learns all types of dances.

EJ pretends to be Angelina and I'm Alice. She choreographs her own dances and puts on a show for us.

When I found out that our church's school had an introduction to ballet class I couldn't wait to see if EJ could attend. Not only could she attend but she would also be a part of their upcoming recital in June! EJ was beyond ecstatic!

Peg Doll Princesses

 When I asked EJ what she wanted for her birthday she said she wanted princes to go with her Disney princesses. Not only would it be expensive to double her collection it is quite difficult to find the partners to most of her characters. I have always liked peg dolls so thought why not make her a new collection of princesses and princes? When I showed her some pictures of ones I found online she was adamant that they were what she wanted.

For weeks leading up to her birthday she'd excitedly remind me that she was getting "peg doll princesses" when she opened her presents. I better not disappoint!

Fortunately my mom was up for a painting project and jumped right in to designing and painting the lovely dolls.

The result was seven happy couples (Sleeping Beauty still needs a partner.)

EJ was thrilled when she opened her presents and found exactly what she wanted.

We had an extra box lying around and made a pink castle to house all her princesses.

This was a fun painting project and my mind is already reeling on the next set I'd like to make. Maybe characters for CJ's train set... For now though I'm just going to be happy with the set we made.

Three for Three

EJ was excited to celebrate turning three a third time when Grandma and Grandpa came to visit. She knew exactly how she wanted to celebrate it. She helped me decorate, bake, and then dressed up in her "birthday dress".

We played games with Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle J.

Then it was time to gather round the table for dinner

I baked EJ a pink coconut castle cake using this recipe. I will definitely make it again, there wasn't a slice left by the end of the night.

EJ blew out the candles.

And then opened cards. We were all in stitches when she insisted on opening the one she had made and addressed to herself the day before first. She acted all surprised as she opened it.

My little princess.

Grandma and I painted sets of Princess and Prince wooden dolls for her which was a big hit. She was able to get Uncle J to do a little pretending with her.

Our little girl is growing up quickly. She is proud to show anyone who asks how old she is.

I just wish I could keep her three for a couple more years.

Party with Friends

This year EJ developed a strong desire to celebrate her birthday with friends. Not that easy with the recent move away from the majority of them but fortunately we moved closer to Boo so she had a special one to celebrate with.

We started the morning with some breakfast oatmeal.

 And then played some games with Grandma.

The girls got the princesses out and pretended away.


Then it was time for cupcakes. EJ was excited that DaddyO had an early day home and joined in with the singing.


Of course she was excited to open presents.

Boo introduced her "Elephants Cannot Dance!" and Elephant and Piggie book. It has become her new favorite.

Three is a fun age for birthdays!

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