Well, when you are a girl who loves pretty things and girly things, it seems that the best way to celebrate your 4th birthday is with a tea party, complete with mini tarts, sandwiches, finger jello and homemade chocolates.
Thanks to a tip from Mary about oiling the poor thing the sewing machine continued to bravely soldier on, which is a good thing, because I didn't really have a back up plan of this tent didn't workout. The Girl begged to sleep in it tonight, so I let her of course. (This used to be shower curtains at my MIL's. I tried dying them to use in my living room but the color was wrong. It's a perfect tent though. What you can't see is the window at the back with white curtains that can tie back, and that you can close up the door by sewing yourself in or out. Now that's done, I can maybe get some sleep.)
Little girls on their best behavior. I've been taking cues from Montessori with the Girl and it works. If you slow down and model proper and careful behavior and tasks, very small children can do them. That little girl on the left is two, and handled a china cup and silver spoon as carefully as you or I would. It's fun to make things special and watch them appreciate it.)
And here they are making necklaces. I racked my brains for weeks trying to think of the perfect take home activity, and then I saw the Girl's necklace hoard and it hit me. It was a lot of fun.
And now, I will rest, I hope, for a day, or two.