Holy moly, Simone turned six just two weeks ago. Crazy.
The day before her birthday, they celebrated at school. The kids all got to eat fruit and whipped cream, and then at the end of the day, there was a short ceremony with a story and some candle lighting. Mary and I told Simone of memories we had of her from each of the 6 years of her life. Here's a photo of Simone with her teacher, Ms. Anne Marie:
Later that day I got a good shot of Mary and Simone sitting in the chair together (not really birthday related).
On the morning of her birthday, she wore her birthday crown and opened presents throughout the day. Presents were definitely on the top of her list of best things about the day.
Then we had apple puff pancake, with candles, and of course, the "You are special today" plate.
Grandpa made a doll house for Simone, and some of the family bought doll furniture/playset to help fill out the dollhouse. It's been lots of fun.
We then took a family walk through campus. Last summer an artist made willow structures on campus, and we had a good time walking through them. (yay Google, I found him): Patrick Dougherty. Simone and Mary posed with Daisy for me.
Simone found one of the huge rhododendrons to climb under, it was at least 20' high.
We had a lovely lunch at Sam's Station, and after that went to look at the Little Free Library a friend of Mary's put up.
We got home just in time to head over to Memere and Pepere's house for dinner and cupcakes. Simone got to decorate the cupcakes.
And, of course, she got to blow out the crazy candles:
After dinner she tried out the little two-wheeled scooter. We went down the block and back, she had a great time and really started to get the hang of it by the end.
All in all, a successful birthday. I can't believe there have been 6 of them so far.
(One of) my favorite memories of Simone this last year was while riding with her on the trail-a-long bike, and she asked if we could go to Avery park and ride the dirt path. She was very excited to do it, and asks to ride on the trail-a-long (well call it tag-a-long) pretty frequently. Today we rode it to Bald Hill, did a little dirt loop out there twice, and came home - nearly 10 miles in all. Check it out.