Meredith Turns 5!

 In November, Meredith turned 5.  It seemed like a big deal and also not because she didn't seem 4 to me anymore anyway.  She was a OLD 4 year old by time she turned 5... if that makes any sense.

That morning Mer opened her presents.  She got 3 new, beautiful dress up dresses and fancy dress up shoes.  I had wanted to get her these things for a while and I was really excited to see her excitement over it all.

Here, Mer and Gwenna try on dress ups before Gwenna heads off to school.  (Tiana and Belle)

Mer wrote a little message on the chalk board for us. "Thank you for the dress ups."

Later on, we did her 5 year old photo shoot.  I waited until her actual birthday to do her pictures because I wanted her to be able to wear one of her new dress up dresses.  She really adored the Tiana dress and hardly was out of it all day.  It is very flattering and pretty on her.

Her is Mer with her new backpack.  Goggy sent birthday money and I picked this out for her.  Mer loves it and uses it for preschool and trips.

One fun thing Mer got to do on her birthday was get her nails done.  I had bid on having gel nails done by a friend at a church activity and won.  She was kind enough to do my nails and Mer's.  I loved how mine turned out and loved Mer's selections.  She was exceptionally excited about her accent nail, with the rhinestone.  Since they were gel nails, they lasted over two weeks on Mer before they had to be taken off.  I couldn't believe how pretty they stayed and how the rhinestone stayed on nearly the entire time.  Mer loved them.

Meredith also got a few birthday packages from grandmas and other family.  She loved it all and this picture shows some of her excitement.

She really loved her Rarity My Little Pony from Aunt Niki.

Grandma and Uncle Jake came over for cake and I think dinner if I recall.  Meredith always likes a fancy cake for her birthday and she likes the inside to be rainbow.  So that's what we do.  It's a really funny contrast.

Her cake.

Meredith, having turned 5, got to have a birthday party.  She wanted to invite everyone she knows (not kidding) and so we had a bonfire and smores and frito pie.  It was a fun party except that it was actually pretty cold. A ton of people came and we had a fun time.  Especially when Ted started the fire and it almost caught some brush on fire... The first started out a little more intense than we intended.

Uncle Todd came from Gilbert and here he is sitting with the missionaries, Elder Jorge and Elder Harrison.

 Our friends the Fullers came from Vail for the party and it was so fun to have them.  Above, Simon was loving on Lily so much.  He has always loved babies!

Below, Mer and I sat by the fire as it died down.  To be honest, she was actually a little overwhelmed by everyone there and was kind of cranky.  She did have fun but could have been less grumpy.

This was a fun birthday for Mer with lots of celebrating and fun and now she will be headed off to school next year.  Our big 5 year old!

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