Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Turning Tree

Sunday was Katie's birthday. And how old is she?

TREE!! Indeed.

Figuring it was our last year to get away with it, we had a low-key family celebration at Mum-mum's. Of course, the princess saw this as no reason to slum it like the rest of the commoners. Fresh coat of polish, pouty pink lips and her finest formal wear were insisted upon.

That's her smile now. I think years of being forced to stare into a flashbulb have taken its toll. She's scared squinty.

First things first, we dove headfirst into the pile of presents. It was like a pink and purple Christmas morning. Wrapping and tissue paper went whizzing by my head as each new gift was promptly tossed to the side in order to see what was in the next box. It was a great sight. I said the only thing that would have made the moment better was if we'd had our video camera to capture her frenzy. (and if it'd been me getting to open all the presents) Oh jealousy, you frequent tormentor...

Cousin Ali wanted in on the booty too. Too bad her booty is too big for that dress.

Roll Call l-r: Uncle Bill, Grampa-daddy, Carolee, Gramma-mommy and the big K-T.

Ms. Tee-tee McGee, Mum-mum, Ali (she got a day pass from the asylum to be with us today) and the other Michael in the family.

As the gifts had all been opened and breakfast was now over, Princess Katie began to sense that this party had gone bust.

She quickly summoned the help with a surreptitious "Psst!". "What this party needs is a sugary confection!", she declared with a twinkle in her eye.

The cake was presented and the princess was happy. Once again, peace and harmony were restored to the kingdom.

Can't forget the Mick.


Leslie said...

I can't believe I am the WORST Auntie ever and I didn't even call her on her birthday. Will the princess ever forgive me?

She is the cutest tree year old I have ever seen! When will I get to see her and snuggle that precious little man?...No, no, not Manus, I mean Michael. I miss you SOOOOOOOOOO much. I mean really, SOOOOOOOOOO much. Love you.

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Debbie said...

OH, Happy Trird Birthday Katie! What a beautiful birthday princess. The cake look delish and you obviously enjoyed it.

Michael is gorgeous - what a sweet, handsome boy! LOVE his fantastic goober smile!

Anonymous said...

I loved seeing all of your family! I can't believe Katie is tree and Michael looks like he's catching up with her! Much love to you all.Mama P.

Jared said...

I love the pictures! Everyone looks like they're having fun. Katie looks very cute in her dress. Have fun with the Threatening Threes, or whatever they call it these days...

Anonymous said...

Great pics of Katie...
You have some DAMN good lookin' grandmas...
You are soo brutal to Ali (glad I haven't disappointed you lately, haha)...
Sooooo, why would Leslie think her reference to "precious little man" could be construed as a reference to Manus, huh? What's going on down there?? Tell her to back off!!!! (Poor Manus, if I were him, he (me) would make me (him) feel so... dirty.)
LAURA!! :)