August 5, 2009

the sailorette's birthday

Despite the pictures that you are about to see, the evening didn't go off without a hitch. It started out quite a stormy sea. Brave didn't want to get dressed or take any pictures, True was complaining that it was her birthday, I was running around preparing all the food and trying to decorate, and Ben was stressing about something job related for today. Thus, we are not a perfect family and frustrations came. There was crying, throwing in of the towels, a bit of madness, and more crying. It was a rocky start to the evening to say the least, but I guess out at sea, sometimes things are bound to get rocky. It was all part of the theme, right?

With that, here are the only pictures I really got of Brave in her little getup. Like I said, she refused to take any pictures and only wanted lemonade at the start of the evening. It was madness. We were all madness. Nevertheless, we went forward and tried to enjoy the rest of the evening. The full outfit shot will just have to wait.
the sailorette

This is my sailorette getting lemonade for the umpteenth time. We eventually had to put the lemonade inside the house. Out of sight, out of mind. She must have been busy out at sea all day long cause this sailorette was mighty thirsty.
nice tat brave!

On this ship, dinner consisted of some salmon with couscous, grape tomatoes, roasted orange cauliflower all topped with lime and green onions, and all on paper plates because naturally that is what we use on our ship (at least for the night). Dessert consisted of "mini seas" made of blueberry jello and whipped cream. Not sure what sailors really eat (or how), but this is what I imagined.
the menu
the mini seas

The centerpiece of the table was the new pet goldfish that the girls happily named Yogurt. Not sure why, but that is what they chose, so Ben and I just said, "Aye, aye, captains!"
the new friend

Doodling and crafting must also be done at sea, so there was coloring abundance and sailor hat making all at the dinner table.
true's coloring job
the sailorette's sailor hat
the little sailorette

Alas, the moment the little brave sailorette has been waiting for... the birthday song and candles. We did about 3 rounds of lighting candles, singing, and cheering all because she loved this part of her birthday. Naturally, we also had to do a round for True because it was her happy unbirthday!
making a birthday wish

After all the rounds of singing, the sailorette and her big sister had a fine time digging in.
blueberry jello
It was a chaotic, but fun memorable time. I know crazy, frustrating times are hard when you are going through the moment, but when you look back, it is all so silly. I am glad my Brave enjoyed her birthday (see more pictures of the day here). She seem to happily chow down all the food and was content to go inside to get her presents, take a bath, and go to sleep. If she's happy, that is all I need.

Now, the birthday celebrations will continue as we head off with the sailorette and True on a special outing to Sea World. Ben has been reading them books on sea animals and aquariums, so this will be a real treat.

Bye friends, we are off to sea for the day! Well, at least just to Sea World, so happy Wednesday!!!


  1. how adorable and you're such a cool mom!
    i love themed parties, and this is something i would love to for my own kids (when i have them!)

  2. Love the jello sea boats! You are so creative! Happy 2nd birthday to your little one!

  3. Great pictures--I guess you really only need a select few, right? They are lovely.

    Love the hats, the meal, the put on a great party! The first post I ever read of yours was the other birthday this year. Smashing, too!

  4. haha that is the truth to some birthday parties....remember my drama fest?! Have fun in Sea World.

  5. love her little outfit. and the dessert boats? creative genius! overall looks like you guys had a really fun day.

  6. As moms, we have an idea of how we want things to go and picture shots we want to get, I've been there. Despite the stormy sea, you got some great shots and looks like some good memories too, I love your parties you have for your girls!

  7. ahoy matey.
    bravery looks adoRRRRRable (in my pirate voice). :)

  8. What a cute idea! Your little ones are adorable. Such a creative mom!

  9. happy birthdayyyy!!! Times are rough out on the seas over here too.. plus I am back to work this week.

  10. I loved this post. The birthday girl totally rocked her birthday out fit and your honesty but me at ease. Thanx for sharing.

  11. you are such an inspiration. thanks for being real. i know we can all relate!!

  12. So cute (of course). Your shots are beautiful and she's adorable. Have fun at Sea World!

  13. yup. it was a crazy evening. i am glad to be comfortable enough to share that things don't always go smoothly in our house. we are seriously normal and have rough times too!

  14. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity, woman! I LOVE those blue jello desserts and the hat making and her sweet little outfit. WOW!

    Everything else feels all too familiar with planning and making and then they aren't exactly 'on board' with the idea or as excited as you thought they'd be. Sebastian would NOT open his presents this year at his birthday and didn't want to eat ANY cake (which was at least consistent with his first two birthdays...maybe I need to get the hint) and pictures were definitely out of the question unless they were taken when he was distracted.

    I think we opened his presents one at a time for three straight days! Nevertheless, at least they'll know they are loved when we recount the stories for them and show them the pictures when they're older.

    Have a great time at Sea World with your lovely, lovely family!

  15. Ah! The party looks sooo lovely! Just cutesy-cute :D
    And her outfit is amazing!
    Happy B'day Brave!

  16. Everything looks great and beautiful as usual!
    Happy B-Day Brave!

  17. Adorable.
    You inspire me Ruby!

    Thank you for sharing your "normalcy" with the rest of us:)

    <3 sarasophia

  18. That outfit is so cute, I love it. Looks like Brave had a beautiful birthday, I love the paper hats and your deserts, great ideas!


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