Birthdays Together

Grandma Kc wrote this on July 9th, 2016 24 Replies

One of the saddest parts about our friends moving to Texas last year is that the girls no longer get to celebrate their birthdays together. So when Mo told us they were coming to visit this summer I thought it would be fun if I threw the 3 girls a little birthday party!

Before the girls moved last year, they spent an afternoon with Amara and me. I wanted to do something with the girls while they were here – just the 4 of us again so why not have a birthday party.

I thought back to Amara’s birthday parties and the number one activity is always Orbeez! I knew our little mini-party would have to include an Orbeez War. I started them soaking on Wednesday evening and they’d made me smile as I kept checking them and adding more water.

Every good party needs cake and ice cream. Sadly, ABC Cakes, which we used for so many years for Amara’s parties, went out of business. The idea hit me – Baskin Robbins? An ice cream cake?

Now what to have for lunch? Grandma Honey and Grandma Joyce have both recently blogged about how much fun they had making pizza with their grands so why not have pizza? I know Amara LOVES pizza!

Jenna and I spent one afternoon shopping for birthday presents and decorations. The girls knew they were coming to spend the afternoon but none of them knew I was planning a birthday party. When they arrived and saw the Birthday banner they all asked whose birthday it was. I told them we were going to celebrate all of their birthdays. I don’t remember if it was Jenna or Mo who said, “You get a birthday! And You get a birthday! And you get a birthday! Everybody gets a birthday!”

We started our party by making pizzas. I cheated and bought refrigerated pizza dough and canned sauce. Mo had clued me in that Celia likes black olives and Sophia only likes cheese. Amara is a pepperoni girl. I was craving chicken alfredo pizza so I had gotten a can of alfredo sauce and cooked and chopped up a chicken breast. Each of the girls made their own pizza. I convinced Celia to make part of her pizza chicken alfredo. Worked out great as she was so busy eating olives while she cooked that she might not have had enough left to do an entire pizza!

We set up the Ponopoly game while the pizza was cooking but didn’t get very far before they were done. Our crusts could have been a little crisper but we enjoyed every bite! It was while we were eating that I brought to the girls’ attention the huge tub of Orbeez sitting on the patio! Oh, the happy faces!

Once they were done eating pizza, they changed into bathing suits and headed for the backyard. I also grabbed a bunch of the Super Soakers out of the garage. Just so you know – it is possible to suck up smashed Orbeez when you try to suck water out of the Orbeez tub! I actually think they get smashed in the process! We ended up getting another bucket to use for just water. The four of us got drenched and my yard is covered in Orbeez! I love all the colors.

When there were no more Orbeez to be thrown and we were exhausted from chasing each other we dried off and headed back inside. It was time for cake and to open presents! I probably should have let the ice cream cake sit out longer before I cut it but I was anxious and so were the girls. White cake with cookies and cream ice cream, what could be better? Of course, it was so hard they could hardly eat it, which brought on lots of giggles as they invented ice cream cake on a fork!

Presents were opened and shared and we ended our afternoon playing cards while we waited for the Moms to come and pick them up. It really was a wonderful afternoon!

You can click on the photos to make them larger.

Happy Birthday Celia, Sophia & Amara!

 

UPDATE: About Orbeez – The truth is we actually use Jelly BeadZ because they are more economical and the kids don’t know the difference. My understanding is they were originally used for plants, to give them moisture which makes them very safe to use in the yard. They start out about the size of those little beads we used to string to make Indian bracelets and given enough water they swell to about the size of a marble. In a day or two they shrink back to bead size but the sprinklers will often bring them back to life.

24 thoughts on “Birthdays Together

  1. Joyce

    I wasn’t happy when I started to read! “Where are the pictures? She usually has great pictures with her posts!” lol – patience isn’t my virtue, but finally – there they are – more than enough to keep me satisfied!
    What a sweet, special surprise for those terrific little girls! I love how you made everybody happy. Funny about the olives. I added them to a pasta salad I made with Bree and Kaylee yesterday and Bree took one look and said, “I’m not eating those things!” So now I know a little girl olive-eater! Celia!
    Thank you for mentioning our mutual pizza-making adventures! I appreciate Pamela for the suggestion. This is a great activity, easy and fun. And it provides a filling family dinner, too!
    Great choice on the cake – who has time to bake when there are Orbeez waiting outside?
    Another great post, grandma! What happy memories for all three little ladies! The miles will never separate your family from Mo and the girls.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      The absolute best pictures are the ones of the girls hurling Orbeez at one another and dumping water on one another’s heads! But the girls have gotten to the age that swimsuit pictures just aren’t appropriate anymore and I didn’t want to spoil the fun by making them put on t-shirts. It really was a fantastic day! Pamela also did a post about Christmas in July. I’m thinking I may do that for them next year! You’re right. The miles will never separate us. Especially with today’s technology.

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  2. Launna

    Kc, you have the best birthday parties… I can see all little girls having so much fun with all the activities you’ve thought up. What wonderful memories they will have … ????

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I had a lot of fun planning it! I am just glad the girls haven’t quite gotten to the age where it isn’t cool to hang out with Grandma.

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  3. Sandy

    It sounds like it was a great time! I’m glad you got to celebrate everyone’s birthday even if it was a bit late!! I’m amazed at how much the girls have all grown! I’m not sure I’d have recognized Sophia and Celia!! So glad they are around for the summer! Hugs to everyone from Uncle Mark and I!! xoxo

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I knew the girls had all grown but I didn’t realize just how much until they arrived! But then Amara has really grown this year, too. I wish we had them for the whole summer but they are only here for 3 short weeks. Matthew had to go back for work already. Next week we are doing the beach so we have one more really fun day together. I will miss them. Hugs to you and Mark, too! xoxoxo

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  4. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    What a blast! You can tell by the big smiles that a good time was had by all. Delicious looking pizza and cake too. But, I have to admit you caught my interest with the Orbeez. I had to google and YouTube to figure it out. It sure looks like a lot of fun. Here’s hoping each one of those beautiful girls has a wonderful new year. :-)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I guess I forgot that not everyone was as familiar with Orbeez as we are so I did update the post to explain. We had such a perfect day for it – sunny but not too hot. The fact there were 4 of us made it a lot of fun – Celia and I against Amara and Sophia. Great memories for all of us. Sophia starts a new school next year, too and school was something we talked about a lot over pizza. Everyone is looking forward to next year.

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  5. Olga

    You know how to have fun, that is for certain. I never even heard of Orbeez. What are they? If it involves getting wet and getting grandma wet, I know my grandson would approve.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Hi Olga, I updated the post to explain Orbeez a bit better. Your Grandson would have a blast!!!!!! So will you! Here is a link to what I got and used. This 8oz package makes a huge tub of Orbeez!

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  6. Barb

    A great memory for both you and the girls. Sounds like fun from cooking to games to presents. We have 3 year old Sam now and will get the older kids tomorrow when Sam returns home. You’ve given me a good idea to make pizza with the older kids.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It is as much memories for me as it is for them. Amara is my only grandchild Sophia and Celia are the extra grandkids I didn’t get and I think of Mo as my other daughter. Hope you have fun with the pizza!

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  7. Mj

    Oh how fun and what a special afternoon together! Love Love the birthday party for all three girls and your traditional Orbeez wars! Enjoy your time together ????

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Mj! It was a wonderful day. I can’t wait to hear about you and your kids having an Orbeez War!

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  8. Mj

    Awe what a great idea and how exciting for the girls!!! I love the traditional Orbeez wars. So glad you girls get to see each other!

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  9. Kimberly

    How fun and what a great surprise. Can’t you picture them running into each other in the future, and laughing as they remember the fun and you.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      That would be the ultimate in Grandma success. My cousins and I have such great memories of Grandma’s house and while the girls aren’t cousins they are that close! Hope they know each other (and me) forever!

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  10. LISA

    Such a special celebration! Celia, Sophia and Amara are so very lucky to have a grandma like you in their lives. Happy birthday to all! And congrats to you for yet another spectacular party.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Almost as good as an ice cream bar — maybe we can try that next! I do know the girls loved having their pizza made their way!

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  11. Pamela Shank

    This was such a fun day you created for the girls!! I love everything that you did. They were all proud of making their pizzas for sure. We haven’t done anything with Orbeez for a long time and I know my granddaughters loved them. Amara will always remember this day and the closeness everyone shares.

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