This past Saturday, we celebrated Mere's birth with a "My Little Pony" pool party extravaganza. (okay, maybe not so much an extravaganza, but I liked the way it sounded). Anyway, Michelle commissioned my baking skills to whip up something special for the occasion and I was happy to oblige...but more on that later.
The birthday girl was in rare form when she greeted me pre-party, so I took advantage of her present temperament and went paparazzi on her. I absolutely die at how old she looks in these pics. I know I am her aunt (and therefore totally and unabashedly biased), but I think she is one of the prettiest little girls I have ever seen. Would you take a look at those big brown eyes and sweet curls?
Once the party guests started to arrive, it was a flurry of splashes, ruffles, water wings and polka dots. I so remember swimming as a kid and never wanting to get out of the pool. Watching these kids on Saturday really took me back and I felt like I was watching my sister and me. It was very surreal...
We took a quick pool break and refueled with pizza -- one of the birthday girls favorite foods.
Once we got that out of the way, it was time to blow out the candles on the aforementioned cake. Michelle requested a simple butter recipe yellow cake with chocolate buttercream filling and a traditional buttercream icing. And of course, there were individual cups of Blue Bell ice cream to go with the cake. It just wouldn't be a pool party without some Blue Bell.
We hung outside and swam for nearly 5 hours and the girls were none too pleased to finally be forced out of the water. I tried my darnedest to get a pic with the birthday girl, but only Haylee would comply...c'est la vie.
HAPPY 3RD BIRTHDAY!!!