We celebrated Talah's birthday with family in Orlando and it was such a fun day. It included family, pool time, dinner at Boma, lollipops, cupcakes, and balloons. One word about Boma for people who don't know. This is one of the restaurants at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. They have a nice buffet and you can walk around the impressive lodge and see animals on the property (giraffes, gazelles, zebras, etc.). If you can't or don't want to go to Animal Kingdom for a whole day, this is a nice place to go to get a taste of things on a much calmer level.
The koala bikini Talah is wearing below is kind of a family heirloom. For some reason, my youngest sister Joanna had it for a long time, even though it's been a couple of decades since she could wear it. I suppose since she was the last Summers girl to wear it, it was hard to let go : ) I was excited when Talah was finally big enough to wear it! As for the pettiskirt, Talah loves it and puts it on whenever possible--especially if someone comes over to our house. She'll disappear for a few minutes and come back out with her "pretty dress" on to show our company. I told her that she could wear it all day on her birthday. And she did.
Sometimes I get annoyed when my lens fogs up from the humidity, but in the image below I didn't mind it. Let me explain what you're about to see. I read in a parenting magazine a few years ago about someone whose tradition growing up was to have lollipop seeds. Here's how it works. You get "seeds" (any seed-like item will do: sunflower seeds, jellybeans, grains of rice, etc.) and tell your child they are lollipop seeds and then you plant them together. Later, which could be the same day or weeks later, you put big lollipops in the yard for your child to find so it's as if they lollipops have sprouted up. Okay, so this is all technically a big lie to tell your kids--but it's fun, right? Talah and my niece, Leah, loved it and I think we'll keep it up for years to come. The anatomy of a birthday wish : ) I had to include this picture. Sure, the kids are cute and all, but the reflection in the glass is what is really funny to me. Happy Birthday, sweet Talah! Yes, you are sometimes willful and know a thing or two about time out, but most of the time you're pure spun-sugar. I couldn't be happier to be your mom.