Happy Birthday Lauren!

It's hard to believe our baby is now 4 years old. It seems like we just brought her home from the hospital. She's still such a joy although she keeps us on our toes each and every day. As most of you know, she's our little tomboy. So, instead of a princess or fairy birthday party, we had a plank-walking, cannonball throwing, musical island pirate party. I'm so thankful for my talented mother. She made all of the pirate t-shirts for the kids at her shop in Alabama. She also made Jacob's little pants and embroidered his onesie. Once she arrived here in CA, she sewed up the sashes and bandanas. At the party we played "sink the pirate ship", "fill the treasure chest", and "musical islands (our version of musical chairs)". I was worried about the kids being upset if they didn't win while playing musical islands so Doug (Thank you, Honey!)made a real plank that everyone got to walk once they were out of the game. At the end of their walk, the kids received an eye-patch just like "pirates of old". I guess it was a successful ploy as there were no tears. However, noone wanted to stop playing after getting their eye-patches and started sitting two to an island! :) All in all, we had a fun time and were so happy to spend the afternoon with such good friends. I must say a big "Thank you" to Trish Larsen and Tracy Cook. It was so nice to have both of them here at the party and I appreciate all of the wonderful photos they took of the afternoon. Enjoy the slideshow!
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