7:30 a.m. Livvie crawls into bed with me, where I smile and say, "Happy Birthday!" Eyes wide, Livvie says, "Today? Right now it's my birthday? It's September 10th?" Oh, what fun!
8 a.m. Me: "What do you want for breakfast? Anything you want!" Olivia: "Toast."
9 a.m. Livvie chooses to wear her blut polka dot dress. She watches one of her favorite videos, "Happy Birthday Bunnykins." She thinks it's really funny that today is her birthday, too!
10 a.m. We pick up birthday balloons, presents from Uncle Ryan's family & Grammy/Grampy, and also Melissa, who gives Olivia a sparkly card and a lovely tiara. Livvie wears it all day and night.
noon The girls feast on macaroni & cheese for Olivia's birthday lunch, because, "Mom, I like that even better than pizza."
5 p.m. Me: "What do you want for your birthday supper, Livvie?" Olivia: "Pizza!" We print out her coupon for a free pizza and head out the door, tiara and all.
7:30 p.m. Back at home, Livvie is beside herself with excitement at all the birthday gifts that await her.
She wants to open Grammy & Grampy's gifts first: a Dora placemat, a gardening apron, and a Cinderella puzzle, which she wants to open right now. (By the way, I look like Snow White, and Olivia looks like Cinderella. So says Livvie.)
She is speechless at the 10 bottles of paint from Grandma & Grandpa.
The OCD in her takes over, and she must immediately line them up and rattle off the colors.
It was loads of fun, until the last sparkler fizzled out and she decided to touch it. OUCH.