“There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents, and only one for birthday presents, you know.” ~ ‘Through the Looking Glass’ Lewis Carroll
It’s been quite a hectic weekend here in New Jersey, with hardly a moment to open my computer. Today is Sienna’s 8th birthday, and yesterday was her party.
Here’s the birthday girl, showing off her lovely warm coat from Granny and Granddad.
In the morning, there was a trip to ‘Party City’ to choose some balloons. As you can see, there was plenty of choice.
The weather was perfect, and the children had lots of fun out in the backyard.
There were quite a few contenders for a ride in the car,
and cousin Rilee showed some of her hula-hooping skills.
The adults seemed more interested in the barbecue, and we had lots of delicious food.
What a beautiful birthday cake!
Three puffs were needed to blow out all the candles.
Lots of presents were waiting to be opened, and her brother and sister were most interested to see what she’d got, as the loot will no doubt be shared with them.
I also bought her these two books by Suzanne J. Rogers, who blogs at ‘A Window into the Woods’, and in a short while, I’m going to school to read the story of Bob the horse, to the children in Sienna’s class. I’m sure they’re going to absolutely love it.
Tomorrow we fly back down to Florida, but I’m sure this lovely little family interlude will be remembered for years to come.
Happy belated birthday dear Sienna, may God bless you always!
Thanks so much, Chris. 🙂
Wishing the birthday celebrant all the love and joy in the world. Of amazing , fun and exciting things ahead. Of loads of smiles, laughter and everything fun. You are blessed with such wonderful friends and family.
Thanks so much for your very kind and wonderful wishes, IT. 🙂
Lovely post.You got her an beautiful birthday present,Belated Happy birthday wishes to Sienna :)May God bless her !
Thanks so much, Praveena. 🙂
A lovely coat for Sienna. I suppose it gets chilly wherever she’s living.
The book choices are terrific and grandma reading them – what a treat.
Happy Birthday Sienna …!!!!
Thanks. Issy. Yes, she lives up in New Jersey, and it gets very cold there in winter. 🙂
Sienna is very pretty. Happy Birthday!
Thanks, Lola. 🙂
Looks like a whole lot of fun was had by all and sundry AD 😉
Gorgeous coat that!
Yes it is, and we did have a lot of fun. 🙂
Lovely family times (again!), Ad. She looks a gorgeous girl. Love the hoola-hooping wonder too 🙂
Thanks, Jo. 🙂
And I meant to ‘add’ that I love reading to children. It used to be my favourite bit of going in to help 🙂
I love reading to kids. It’s my BEST! They were all so well-behaved, and really enjoyed the stories. 🙂
It looks like a wonderful Birthday party!! I love the coat and the cake is beautiful!!
Thanks so much, Zirkie. The cake is so pretty, but that butter icing wasn’t nice to eat. 🙂
Birthdays are so special when they can be shared with the family
Oh yes, there’s no better way to celebrate. 🙂
That is such a chic coat! What a lovely party with so much fun happening. Lovely pictures ad, you always sound on your happiest when you’re in the USA 🙂
Thanks so much, Hopestar. We do have some fun times. 🙂 Hugs to you too.
Birthday blessings for Sienna xxx
Thanks so much, Tandy. 🙂
Oh, what fun you and your family must have had.
Thanks, Ron. Yes we did. It was a great party weekend. 🙂
I’m drooling over that grill photo Sylvia, I’d like one of everything please. 😀
Only one? 😛
Well…since you offered so nicely… 😀
I think there can be little doubt that the darling had a delightful birthday!
No doubt whatsoever. 🙂
Happy belated birthday to Sienna, it looks like she had a blast!
Thanks so much, TA. 🙂
Just popping in to say “Hi”
What a wonderful family celebration, with gifts and cake and balloons. It must have been a fabulous party. It reminded me of the parties we used to throw for our son….I always got carried away making up games which the kids loved to play 🙂 happy memories.
Thanks so much, Seonaid. It was a lovely party, and everyone enjoyed themselves. 🙂
What a cute little girl ! … And her coat, so lovely on her ! // Maria 🙂
Thanks so much, Maria. Yes she is a very sweet child. 🙂
Happy Birthday! You are so nice dear AD, the books are amazing, 🙂 I have too. Thanks and Love, nia
Thanks, Nia. Love to you too. 🙂
Sienna is just a beautiful little girl and that leopard coat…wowser!! It is just SO great to be a grandparent isn’t it? I am off to check out the blog book author…the books look adorable.
Thanks so much, Laurie. Yes those books are really fabulous, and the photos are stunning. 🙂
Happy Birthday, Sienna! …. and glad the grandparents could be there!
Thanks, Frank. Yes, we were so happy to share in the celebrations. 🙂
It looks like tons of fun. Love the balloon shop. 🙂 Happy birthday Sienna!
Thanks so much, Kathleen. 🙂 That ‘Party City’ store is huge, and absolutely unbelievable.
I’m in love with that wendy house.
Thanks, Tilly. Granddad built the Wendy house a couple of years ago. 🙂
Wow! It’s gorgeous.
With my help of course. 🙂
Lovely family photo’s and memories, those books look like wonderful stories and happy birthday to Sienna!
Take care and regards
Thanks so much, Gail. Love to you. xx
Ahhhh love the coat! ♥ Happy Birthday to Sienna. ^_^
Thanks so much. 🙂
Beautiful!!! So glad she had a lovely day!!!! Xxxx
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Thanks, darling sister. 🙂 xx
auguro a questa piccola principessa di vedere crescere con lei un mondo migliore
con amore Ventis
Thanks so much, Ventis. I hope so too. 🙂
So sweet! I have a very similar photo of my daughter in a leopard coat almost 15 years ago. Love it and happy birthday Sienna !
Thanks so much. I guess those coats never go out of fashion. 🙂
Never! I wish I could find the photograph !
looks like it was an awesome day for everyone…Sienna looks so cute in her new coat…Happy Birthday to Sienna!!! Safe travels…
Thanks so much, Heather. 🙂
Happy birthday, Sienna.
Thanks, Gemma. 🙂
Looks like such a happy time together … and that is a smashing cake!!! How wonderful to be reading those special books to the children too, so meaningful. Your post shows all the perfect components of a birthday celebration, from food, entertainment, family, gifts and cake … splendid!
Yes it was a most wonderful birthday party, Christine. 🙂
Happy Birthday to your grand daughter! Her Birthday cake looks fantastic.
Thanks so much. She had a great weekend. 🙂
Happy birthday, Sienna! May the year ahead be a very special one.
Thanks for the lovely wishes, John. 🙂
Sienna! I wish you all the best
Thanks so much, Stefan. 🙂
Celebrating life is what …life is all about!
This past weekend we celebrated my bil’s 21st birthday. Seems like only yesterday he was the 4 year old ring bearer at our wedding. Boy – how time flies!
Happy 8 & many more to Sienna 🙂
Thanks so much, RoSy. Yes, time really does fly by much too fast.
The birthday girl looked like she had a great time.
Yes she certainly did, Colline. 🙂
Utterly delightful. Happy Birthday, Sienna. Looks like you (she) had a great time! VERY fashionable in that new coat.
Thanks so much, Gunta. I would love that coat myself, but in Florida, when would i get to wear it. 😕
You could borrow it when you visit up north?
What a fun filled day ! Happy Birthday Sienna 🙂
AD am betting you loved the story time @ school too 😉
Oh yes, I so enjoyed reading to those little children. They absolutely loved the story.
Awww. How sweet! I hope Sienna had a wonderful birthday. 🙂
Yes she did. Thnak you so much. 🙂
OH MY GOSH!!!! When I had read through the post about the wonderful birthday and admired the cake and the birthday girl from afar….I actually threw myself back in my chair! I was SO startled to see the books! Immediately after that, my eyes teared up! I JUST got home from visiting Bob where I spent an hour petting him and the other boys…I’d been in Florida for a week and he and Mac were especially glad to see me 🙂 To think that you will be reading the book in school….I can only say how happy that makes me and I will tell Melvin, Bob’s “Dad.” He’ll be so proud!
I still have little tears trying to escape…Thanks so very much AD xoxoxo
You have such a wonderful family..you are richly blessed and so are they!
Thanks so much, Suzanne. The children, all sitting on a rug at my feet, were enthralled with the stories and the photos. I told them all about you and your house at the edge of the woods, and the fact that you’d taken all the wonderful photos yourself, and they said, “Wow!” 😀 I was so happy that the books arrived this morning, just in time for Sienna’s birthday.
I just love it! I’m so glad that they enjoyed the stories and photos!! I’m really happy that the books didn’t let you down!
I was so proud to read them. They are absolutely marvelous. 🙂
🙂 🙂 Thanks so, so much!
Happy Birthday to Sienna! Looks like a birthday party any 8-year-old would envy (as I am green with it over her new coat!).
Thanks a lot. Yes, she had a wonderful birthday weekend. 🙂
Looks to have been a fabulous party. Happy Birthday Sienna. 🙂
Thanks so much, Adrian. 🙂
Happy Bday Sienna! 🙂
Thanks so much, Andy. 🙂
How wonderful and Happy Birthday to her… wow both Suzanne’s books… won’t you adopt me please.?.. love the coat you got her… in fact ..what a lovely post
Thanks so much, bulldog. Those books are really wonderful. The kids were in awe of the beautiful pics. 🙂
Sienna I ‘m jealous I love your coat! happy birthday 🙂
Hahaha. She loves her coat too. I wish they made it in my size. 🙂
Happy Birthday, Sienna! [what a gorgeous coat!!] It looks like you’ve had a great party!!! 🙂
Thanks so much, Marina. 🙂
Sienna is eight!? Happy birthday Sienna. But now I am really feeling very ancient. Wish i had some grandkids like her.
Thanks so much, Kragenhai. My eldest granddaughter will be 18 next month. 🙂