I can’t believe our baby is 4! We celebrated her yesterday with a How to Train Your Dragon birthday party, her request. She LOVES the movies and especially the character, Toothless, who is a night fury dragon that has retractable teeth.
A big thanks to all who celebrated with us and to those who snapped photos for me. :)
The birthday girl got to open a couple of presents from her Nanny & Grampi first thing in the morning. She was thrilled to get two How to Train Your Dragon books.
Later that morning, we had a small gathering of friends over for a dragon story, shield crafting, a dragon quest and lunch….
Birthday Shield for the Birthday Girl!
After the shields were crafted, the girls were asked to accept a Dragon Quest mission where they were sent with their shields and a small net each to look for and capture a dragon. Once captured, they had to offer their dragon a fish (Swedish Fish) so the dragons would know they wanted to be friends and meant them no harm. Everyone knows a dragon’s favorite food is fish, right?! :) Then they would take them to the Isle of Berk aka the sensory/water table tub, which was set up to be the Isle of Berk where they could play with the dragons.
Next up was lunch and cupcakes.
In the center of the dessert table was a Viking Longboat made from a Granola carton, some cardboard, tape and black spray paint.
Astrid was on board. :)
“Toasted Sheep”, marshmallows dipped in chocolate with candy eyes and toasted bums.
We asked friends to bring dog treats instead of presents and we plan to donate them to the shelter this week. These were some of Nala’s favorites, so that put a smile on my face.
The sweetest group of Viking Girls around!
The fun didn’t end there though…
That evening we had a dinner with family so there was more shield crafting with cousins, playing and lots of eating. The dinner menu consisted of Swedish Meatballs (click for the recipe which I adapted a bit), mashed potatoes or noodles for the meatballs, cabbage salad, homemade bread, veggies and fruit. The meatballs, bread, and cupcakes were all made ahead of time, frozen, and then the meatballs went into the crock pot that afternoon which made it much easier to pull off!
Auntie Iris brought Dragon fruit and some other fun fruits and the kiddos had a little tasting party. SO fun!
Nanny & Soushi
The newest babe, Lincoln. Just shy of 3 weeks.
The bonus entertainment was our neighbor’s very friendly horse who we shared a snack of carrots with.
New bike for the birthday girl and…
today, after some practice at the park with a friend, she rode all the way to the mailbox by herself! Go, Jos!
How I adore this sweet girl…sassy yet reserved, passionate (aka she shows such a range of emotions;)), imaginative, silly, strong-willed, loveable.
Happy 4th birthday Jos! We love you so much!