So the day started with Jade waiting as patiently as an 11 year old Jade can for me to finish decorating the family room so she could come in and open her presents in the morning.
We picked up the happy birthday sign at a thrift store years ago. I've offered to get a new one and they refuse. They both like this one.
I made the streamer garlands for Jades second birthday. So it's tradition to hang these up for the kids birthdays. They are so easy to make. Alls you need to do is cut strips of colored paper (I used an xacto knife and metal straight edge), punch a hole in the top, string several on a long length of yarn and hang from the ceiling. Then you spread out the streamers on the yarn and texture of the yarn holds the streamers in place.
This was the first year she got a surprise gift from us that I knew she would really like. Usually we know there are things she really wants and we make sure to get her those things so her gifts are not much of a surprise. This year I told her we already had her gift but I knew she jump for joy when she opened it and I was right. She has wanted the 1960 series of Astro Boy for a while now. It was finally available in US dvd formatting this year. She got Lemony Snicket audio books from my mom and some Japanese Candy and a invisible ink pen from her brother. He got a pen too so they've been writing secret notes back an forth the last few days with my help.
Soon after opening the gifts Jade and I started on making the cake. (Sorry no cake making pics)
After her friend arrived we played a few games then ate some cake. I love seeing Corbin's support in the background to help her blow out her candles.
Jade insisted on cutting the cake for everyone and made sure her friend got the first very large piece. Then she make sure everyone else got a piece a cake then cut herself one.
We played a few more games. Then the girls went off to play in Jade's room and the rest of us relaxed until it was time to make dinner.
All in all a great birthday.