I have been thinking about my 5th birthday for months. As my friends started having parties at fun places like the Discovery Center, I started asking my Mom and Dad about my party. When I was a little girl, I always had my birthday parties at my house. But I really wanted a party at some fun location.
Every time I'd ask, my Mommy would say, "We'll see." Sometimes, that means "No way!" But this time, I guess it really did mean "We'll see." I got to have my party at a gymnastics place.
I was a big fan of the 2016 Summer Olympics, and I especially liked watching those gymnastics girls. Brooke and I had our own gymnastics events right in our living room. This fall, instead of taking dance lessons again, I got to start a tumbling class. I really wanted to learn to do a cartwheel. It's not that easy, but I keep trying.
On Saturday morning, I woke up early and immediately put on my gymnastics outfit. My parents thought 6 AM was a little early to get ready for a 3:30 PM party. But I got to wear it anyway, even though they made me put clothes over it so I wouldn't get cold.
Finally, it was time. I was SO EXCITED!
At lunch, my Mommy and Daddy talked about being a good party host. Not everyone at my party would know each other. So I needed to make sure everyone felt included. I was supposed to greet everyone as they came in and introduce them to other people.
I also needed to remember to say thank you for my gifts. If I opened something I already had, I was supposed to smile and say thank you. That is just good manners. I tried really hard to remember all that. It's a lot of pressure to be the hostess with the mostest, let me tell you!
***Grandma Kim flashback moment: Kinley Marie Ladd arrived in time for our belated family Christmas celebration of 2011. Though she wasn't due until January 12, 2012, she became a 5-pound, 15-ounce party crasher. She was about the size of her Christmas stocking. I can't believe she'll be going to kindergarten next fall. How time flies!