We had a birthday party this weekend. There were horses and sheep and hay, and lots of little girls in boots.Sorry about the horse's wrong end in the picture. I cropped it as much as I could.
Tatum had been begging for a horse riding party for a long time. I was hesitant because A, we aren't "equestrian type people" and B, it sounded expensive. I found a horse ranch that offered a party package, and the date we needed was available. The good news was that they could offer me a discount because they were renovating their indoor party facility and it wouldn't be available to us but if we were willing to risk it being outdoors, we could reserve the whole place. I was fairly confident that in mid-October weather wouldn't really be a consideration. I now know differently. The closer we got to birthday weekend, the forecast was looking less and less promising, and the night before, we were sure we would have to postpone the party. Tatum was devastated at the thought of having to reschedule, and we weren't completely sure if the 30% chance of severe thunderstorms was really enough to cancel. Finally, the ranch coordinator told me, "Let's try it. If we have to, we can just run for cover." With great uneasiness, we went forward with the party. Dark clouds rolled in all day, and we did get a few sprinkles during the party, but the rain held off until late that night. I was emotionally exhausted from all the anxiety and worry I had felt for days! I'm so glad we didn't reschedule, because it was perfect for our new 7-year-old.
Tatum's dream come true. Look at that beaming face!
My Mom and Dad drove in from out of town to help celebrate the birthday girl. And realized the horse trainer was the daughter of some friends of theirs they knew in South Africa 35 years ago! Very small world.
Thankfully, no one complained that they weren't homemade from scratch.
The whole gang.
Sunday was her actual birthday, and we make her wait to open her gifts from us until THE day. She couldn't wait to tear into the "big" gift to see if it was what she was hoping for...
a Ripstik! She's been dying for her own ever since she learned to ride Gentry's. I think they're a broken tailbone waiting to happen, but she's pretty good.
Ava gave her a Charm-It bracelet with 5 charms. I love how she labored over the perfect charms for her little sister. This one is a drumset.
Finally, the last celebration was with Tye's parents Sunday night. He enjoyed photo-bombing my shots.
Happy birthday, sweet girl! You're a big girl now but you'll always be my baby.