Hello fabulous friends.
As of March 6th, 2018 we officially have a 5 year old in the house! How did this happen?! How can these years just fly by with little regard for my emotional state of mind or approval?! Life with Isla has been a beautiful journey thus far and there is so much more to look forward to in parenting her and watching her grow. I often miss the days when she was just a little baby, but with every new stage of development I feel we are busy experiencing it and each new stage becomes the new normal. And then you suddenly find yourself with a 5 year old. I remember so clearly when she was a baby and I would see children who were around 4 or 5 and feel like it was so far into the future. Not the case, because I blinked and here we are.
I love traditions. I think it is so meaningful and important to have them in our lives. Traditions provide a feeling of pride and belonging. It is something you look forward to, it has special meaning to you, and it is apart of who you are and what you do.
For the past few years on Isla’s Birthday, we have created a tradition. In the morning, we wake her up with a visit from someone special.
This is Roxy! Roxy and Isla are quite the dream team. Isla and her pony share breakfast together on the morning of her Birthday. Yes, Roxy comes into the house and steps right up to the table to enjoy a special moment with her girl. Isla likes her donut with chocolate frosting and sprinkles, while Roxy usually gets carrots or ginger snaps. This year Roxy got an extra special treat. Delicious horsey donuts and cannolis by Snaks 5th Avenchew from Exceptional Equestrian! She was thrilled.
In years past we’ve had quite a few people in town for Isla’s Birthday, but the way it fell this year we didn’t have that. I’m thinking we need to start having an extra celebration when we get back to Minnesota so she can have the “party” experience. I think she was missing that this year, although we did have a very nice day. We took her to Lion Country Safari in the afternoon. It’s not your average zoo experience as you actually drive through “safari style” in your vehicle. We saw several animals in the different sections of habitats along the drive. From tortoises to Ostriches, rhinos, monkeys, and more. At the end of the safari experience, you can go into the park and do other activities. There are some small kids rides, a big splash pad area, water slides, food, and other animal experiences. My favorite is the giraffes. You can go up to an observation deck and feed them leafy green romaine right out of your hand!
For dinner, Isla enjoyed fresh ceviche and guacamole made table side from one of our favorite mexican restaurants. At home we had cake and she opened a couple of gifts. Of course, the one I thought would be so/so on the excitement scale was her favorite.
She’s already telling me how she’ll be 6 next year. Say it isn’t so!!! Happiest Birthday to our little princess.
Do you have any Birthday traditions?