Birthday sundae

Thanks for all of the birthday wishes for Eliza, everyone! Her party went past bedtime, so she’ll be reading them and responding tonight. Because she’s having a big kid-centered party later in the month, last night was low-key (for us) with her grandparents and some of her aunts and uncles over for dinner and a sundae bar. (A lot of people were asking why they weren’t invited: if you look at how full our house is with just grandparents, you’ll see why.)

Message for when E comes home!

She was excited that her birthday was her first day back at school after winter break, because she got to see all of her friends and her teacher. But she was also happy to come back home to paaartay!

Eliza's Birthday Party

Eliza's Birthday Party

Eliza's Birthday Party

Eliza's Birthday Party

Eliza's Birthday Party

Eliza's Birthday Party

Eliza's Birthday Party

It was a little crazy with that many people, but I am so grateful that our messy, complicated family all gets along and we can have giant celebrations full of love together.

Before putting Eliza to bed (and after reading–what else?–Harry Potter), I asked her what her favorite present was. She didn’t hear me, and thought I’d asked what the best part of her birthday was. She said, “Getting to see my family and spend time with the people I love.” Heart = melted. And, for the record, when we did get around to talking about what presents were best, she started talking about which items would last longest, as you grow out of / use up all of some of the things. Of course Jake’s kid would have an analysis on what’s consumable to determine what BIRTHDAY PRESENT is the most awesome. Hah! She really is the perfect mix of the two of us.

Here’s to an awesome 7 for Eliza!

P.S. The camera got passed around last night, so some of those photos aren’t great, but we love them anyway.