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5 1/2: Half Birthday Celebration

Michael says that I like to take advantage and celebrate everything.  I would like to say that this is an over exaggerations, but he is likely right because we just spent four days celebrating Gabby's half birthday.  We started Gabby's half birthday celebration by breaking her out of school a little early so she could savor a few extra hours with Corbin before he went home since we had such a short time with him.  She loved that Nanny got her and Corbin each a balloon to celebrate and then she and I went out for ice cream before tumbling class.

Then, on her actual half birthday Gabby and I made her a half rainbow chip birthday cake.  Grandma and Papa came over and ate dinner with us.  Then Grandma, Papa, Abby, Mommy, and Daddy sang "Happy Half Birthday" to Gabby.  Then she blew out her candles and went back to playing with Abby.  It was so adorable she informed everyone at school proudly that it was her half birthday. Before tucking her into bed on the day of her actual birthday, Gabby was snuggling with Daddy and me and she said, "Am I really five and a half?" I nodded and she said, "I am five and a half!!" Very giddy and excited.  She actually had difficulty going to sleep because she was so excited about being 5 1/2.

Then, on Friday we had a "party" that she planned.  When all of the kids got out of school they headed to our house.  Abby, Aiden, Gabby, Cameron, and Katelyn had a piece of cake and simply played for a few hours, but since Gabby planned it it was her "party".   At one point Gabby asked a friend if they got her a gift.  I informed her that you do not get gifts for your half birthday.  She shrugged and then went back to playing with her friends.

It's funny how such simple celebrations light up my little girl's life.  So my question is, why not celebrate all of the little things in life?!


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