Annie’s birthday started like it does every year, with balloons on the floor of her room.

morning balloons

Then it was off to breakfast, where she could order whatever she wanted. She chose Swedish pancakes.

birthday breakfast

When we returned home, Annie said, “Hey, the sign Jamesie got me for my birthday isn’t out!” So she and my mom quickly remedied that.

four years old

Of course, presents were squealed over:

opening presents

loves her sweater

opening presents

I hope that she’s always so enthusiastic about gifts, because watching her open presents is one of my favorite things in the world. There was some frantic playing with the new toys (she had to play with everything at the same time), and then it was off to her requested activity: seeing Frozen at the theatre!

going to the movies
No birthday trip to the movies is complete without candy (she chose sno-caps, so on-theme!).

at Frozen

Considering this is her, oh, 800th time seeing the movie, she still did great. I had to remind her to drop her voice down to a whisper a few times, but other than that, she was amazing. Since there were other people in the theatre, I told her she couldn’t sing along or dance until the end. She got a LOT of dancing out as the credits rolled:

singing along at Frozen

We had dinner with my parents and aunt, where Annie made her own pizza. When it came back out from the kitchen she said, “I didn’t know I could make such delicious pizza!”

But of course, the best part of the day was the cake. Mike got her an ice cream cake and she was thrilled:

blowing out the candles

Annie, daddy, James
love them

I can’t believe it’s been four years since our girl was born. Four amazing years! She’s grown so much but is still my sweet little love bug:

4 years

At bedtime Annie said, “This was the best birthday ever!” I agree, Annie! Happy birthday, we love you!