Saturday, April 18, 2020

Happy 4th Birthday Esme!

Esme June turned 4 on Tuesday!  As usual, I had plans for a fun birthday party, but as we got closer, we realized that wouldn't be a possibility.  We had to make due in the situation and had two days of celebration at home.  We stuck with the Minions theme and hope we can gather to celebrate at some point this summer.
I made a sign for the tree with a minion and balloons and put it up on Monday night.  Once again, I had to bribe Esme to where the hat.  She kept saying, "I'm not a minion, I'm Esme Herrmann."   
Our church friends came over in the morning with gifts and donuts and singing.  We left them a birthday message on the driveway since two of them share a birthday with Esme.
We had more visitors at lunch when Grandpa and Nana Buxton and Jayden stopped by with Happy Meals!  They sang through the window, but the snow and wind was kicking up, so we ended up Facetiming with them in the car.
Jimmy had the next day off, so we planned some fun activities for us as a family.  Balloons are always a hit at our house!
Donuts for breakfast when it's your birthday!
Our city started doing Birthday Brigade visits last week for kids under the age of 12.  I was able to sign up online and select a day and AM or PM time.  We got an email the night before with a more specific time and headed outside to watch.  They arranged to have folks from the West-Metro Fire Department, Crystal Police, and other utilities vehicles drive by.  There was 13 vehicles total and many birthday greetings over the loud speakers (video at the bottom.)
I originally ordered some decorations from Amazon, but they began prioritizing essential items and they weren't going to arrive in time.  Luckily, I got a promo email from Oriental Trading and was able to get some in time.
I made a smaller banana cake that looked like a minion. BANANAS!!!
We had lots of cards and a few presents to open during the Zoom party.
Grandpa and Nana Buxton, Uncle Sean, his girlfriend, Ashley, and her kids joined us.
We opened presents first, then had cake!  Esme loved the cake and her new Toy Story 4 Little People.
Happy birthday sweet girl, we love you so much!

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