Instead of having two small parties this year, the girls decided they wanted a big bash at the park to celebrate years four and five. I was hoping for sunshine and we had plenty of that--along with hundred degree temps (crazy hot for Oregon :). Thankfully, the park had a fountain so the kids splashed in the stone "river," ate melting popsicles, and plastered themselves with wet sand (or icing...). The big kids (i.e. the adults) hovered under the covered picnic area, and we cooled ourselves with lots of bottled water and ice.
My dad flew in from Ohio to celebrate their day, and the girls had a blast playing with all their friends and their best buddy "Pumpkin" (as they call their Grandpa). And, of course, a b-day party for Kiki wouldn't be complete without Nemo so she had a blue and orange "cupcake cake" this year.
I'm grateful for an amazing four/five years with my girls, and I'm grateful for wonderful friends from our church, school, and neighborhood to celebrate their special day with them.