It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. -Mother Teresa

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Celebrating JoJo's 4th!

If you have followed us for a while, you know we have many birthday traditions. One is decorating the birthday kids bedroom door, so when she opens it in the morning she is surprised. I don't really know how anyone in our house is surprised since it is a tradition but we still do it and they still act surprised! We also do the hallway/stairs/and a little around the kitchen table. 

Nan and Mae wrote Jo's name in crepe paper. This seriously delighted her to no end! 

A birthday tradition carried over from my childhood is opening the present from Grandpa & Granny J in Texas with breakfast. 

My Aunt gifted our family with this special plate. It says Happy Birthday and we use it for our special birthday breakfast and any other birthday meals eaten at home. Our birthday tradition is waffles with PB, Ice Cream, Chocolate Sauce. Whipped Cream, and of course, SPRINKLES! It is hard to tell but there is a candle in all that yumminess. 

Jo's birthday party was at a local playground. Nana, Papa, & Grandma Fuzzy came a little early to help set up. We needed their trunk space with 6 girls in our house this week, we had less cargo space! 

From now on all parties will be at the park! Okay, maybe not but it was fun to have all the space! 

JoJo dressed for her Frozen Birthday down to the socks (and yes, underwear)
Did I mention that went to three stores until Jo found the Frozen cake she wanted? This is a girl with an opinion! 

Jo wanted purple table cloth and purple pop. We dined on Pizza Hut Buffet: JoJo version. Candy Bread sticks (dessert breadsticks), cottage cheese, peaches, and sunflower seeds. We did have some real Pizza Hut for the rest of the guests!

The center of attention? Yes, she is loving every minute of this!


One of our activities was "Do you want to build a snowman?" I made everyone their own snow (white playdough with glitter) and provided building materials. Everyone took home their playdough as a thank you for attending. (and parents, you are very welcome for the glitter + play dough!) 

See her crazy eyes? This girl was wired! The next morning, Meme texted to ask if she had settled down yet...and the answer was not quite! 


  1. Great photos!!! Awesome party! Love the name in crepe paper! So cute!! Great birthday traditions!! Love the plate idea too! How special!!

  2. Super fun! But I'm not going to let a certain little girl in this house see it. . .:D