Laila had a milestone bday on June 24th, the day after we returned from our trip. She was supposed to be able to have a friend party this year to celebrate. As I was trying to plan it, I kept asking her what she wanted as a theme and who she wanted to invite. Her frustration level kept rising. At one point, the little introvert in her had enough. She looked at me in frustration and and said, "Can't I just go swimming with my family?" That is how her bday at Pirate's Cove was decided. It was way easier for me than any party I would have to plan, and she was so happy after that as got excited about her bday.
Turning 4 is a BIG DEAL in the Clapp family. 4 year olds stop using booster seats and bibs. 4 year olds get allowance. 4 year olds have official chores to do. 4 year olds wash themselves in the bath tub. 4 year olds hang up their own laundry. 4 year olds are big kids and each child has been so excited to celebrate this milestone and experience the new responsibilities and freedoms. Laila is no exception.
We headed out to Pirate's Cove right away on the big day!
She is as big as her 5 1/2 year old brother!!
One happy 4 year old!
At one point during the day, Laila and I were sitting on a blanket.
She looked at me and said, "I really like this 4 year old stuff!"
Sweet, sweet sisters
Soda drinkin', a big treat for a special day!
You can see Laila sucking down her soda in the background
Lauren and her soda
Swimming makes you hungry
The lazy river
We spent a LOT of our day floating around and around in this water!
The ride home.
We stayed there for 6 hours. They were wiped out!
We had a dinner of Laila's favorites, pizza and ice cream.
She chose Blue Bell Cotton Candy and she got this little container all to herself.
Happy Birthday, to you!
Next up, opening gifts.
Oldest and youngest, she and Cody have a special bond!
Lovin' on her Sammy Jo Jo
Sam's card for her. It says:
"You are awesome, Laila
You are pretty
I love you Laila
You are the best sister in the world"
He attached a dollar and a Pirate's Cove duck that he bought for her.
Money, money, money
Best crew of kids in the world!!
Rick and I took her to a Birthday date the next day.
She chose Panda Depressed(Express)