There was a lot of build-up to Bridget's birthday. Six is a pretty big number around here. Bridget was counting down the days for a LONG time leading up to her birthday. And she had big plans too. She wanted a party, of course. But she also wanted to go to Six Flags. And she REALLY wanted her Grandma to come to hang out for her birthday too. You know, if that wasn't all too much to ask.
Luckily, we had free tickets to Six Flags again this summer (thank you reading program!!!) so that part wasn't a problem. Bridget really wanted to go to Six Flags on her actual birthday. That worked out well too as her birthday fell on a Wednesday this year, which is Sam's day off during the summer. So we agreed to go to Six Flags, but we told Bridget that getting Grandma here just wasn't going to work out. She tried but couldn't get out of work. :/
The day before her birthday, Bridget helped me make her cake. She had big plans for her cake too. Maybe a castle cake. With windows and a door and a flag on top? And it should be pink. Or purple. Maybe both? :) Since we've done the castle cake before, this year we opted for a fun giant-Oreo cake. Bridget is a great helper in the kitchen and she did all the baking. I just assembled the cake.
The night before her birthday, we got Bridget and the kids all ready to go to Six Flags in the morning (clothes laid out, water bottles ready to go, snacks and lunch packed) and sent them off to bed. They knew I hadn't made it to the grocery store that day like I planned, so after telling everyone goodnight, I headed out to go to Walmart. I did go to Walmart, but I also ran by the airport to pick up my mom! She flew in at 10:00 that evening. We came home, where Sam had the tv on REALLY loud to mask any sounds we might make, and we visited a while before heading to bed.
The next morning, the birthday girl made her way downstairs. After snuggling a few minutes on the couch, she wondered if she could maybe start opening her birthday presents. I said no, but that I had left one more gift up in the guest room and asked if she would want to run upstairs and get it. Of course she said yes! So Bridget quickly ran upstairs and into the guest room....only to find Grandma sleeping in the bed! She was so surprised! Jonah was sitting downstairs on the couch with me. When he heard Grandma say something, he looked at me and said, "Is that GRANDMA????" and then went running up to see her.
It was such a fun surprise! We were all so glad that she could come, even if it was a really short trip. It was seriously a dream come true for Bridget.
We had a fun breakfast and got ready to head out to Six Flags. It's possible that Bridget's smile didn't leave her face all day.
The boys at Six Flags!
Grandma and Bridget were roller coaster buddies. They like the same kind of rides...nothing scary or upside down. Henry and Sam were paired up (one or two upside down rides, but mostly not) and Jonah and I were buddies for all the crazy rides that he is tall enough to ride.
One of the best things about Six Flags in the summer is they have lots of opportunities to cool off. Besides the 'wet' rides, they have misting stations scattered throughout the park. The park employees are all happy to fill our water bottles with ice and water any time we ask. It was 100 degrees that day, but I don't think it bothered any of us at all.
We took a nice long lunch break in the picnic area just outside the park. It's nice to get away from the noise of everything for a little bit, and sitting down in the shade a while was relaxing too. :)
Bridget is a great driver! This is always one of everyone's favorite rides.
We finally made it home, exhausted after a long day in the sun. Everyone freshened up with a quick shower, and then we got to sing to Bridget and have a piece of cake.
Bridget enjoyed her presents, but I think Sam might have been a little tired by this point. Ha!
It takes a lot to recover from a full day of Six Flags, the surprise of having your grandma surprise everyone and show up to spend the day with you, turning SIX, having cake and opening presents! We took it easy the next day.
Jonah was thrilled to show Grandma how much he has learned on the piano and was excited to give her a little lesson.
Grandma had a fabulous manicure and pedicure, thanks to Bridget's new nail polish set. Bridget did my nails too, but I forgot to get a picture of it. They looked awesome.
All too soon, it was time to take Grandma back to the airport. She was only able to stay until that afternoon, but we were so very grateful to have her come and visit!
Just the girls. We do have some fun together!
We had such a great visit with Grandma. We were so grateful that she would come all the way from Arizona to spend Bridget's birthday with us. What a treat! Bridget felt so special and loved. She will always remember her sixth birthday, full of surprises! :)