For the first time in years, Annabel didn’t wake up on her birthday to balloons covering her bedroom floor, but waking up surrounded by friends is a pretty good trade-off. After the party was over, she and James shared a slice of birthday cake.

blowing out a candle

Once the cake was consumed, Mike took Annie to see Hidden Figures. Mike and I had seen it the weekend before and thought it would be a great movie for her to see as well. She loved it. She had a lot of questions, but was completely inspired by the characters’ brains and determination. She was also appalled by the segregation, which lead to some important conversations in our house. I highly recommend this movie for everyone!

After the movie, it was my turn for some one-on-one time with my birthday girl. I took her to get her hair done at Dry Bar, where she was the most popular client of the afternoon. When she wasn’t dancing to the music, she was telling the stylists about her birthday party or the movie she’d just watched. I love that I can do this kind of frou-frou pampering stuff with her now.


getting a blow out at drybar

birthday blow outs

For dinner, we met up with my parents, aunt, and cousins at Annie’s favorite restaurant, where she got to not only create her own pizza but even her own milk shake. Then, the waitress surprised her with a candle stuck in an ice cream sandwich.

birthday ice cream sandwich

It’s good to be Annie.

Back at our house, Annie finally got to dig into her presents. James helped by bringing her gifts to where she was sitting.

gift mule

opening presents

sewing machine

The girl also got more clothes than she knows what to do with. Lucky.

Normally at the end of her birthday Annabel is sad to go to bed, but after a full day following a sleepless sleepover, the second her head hit the pillow she was out. Mike and I each popped our heads in to look at her while she slept, just like we did the night she was born. I can’t believe my little girl is already seven years old.