big girl birthdays

Another birthday post full of pictures for family and friends to see how we celebrated Talia turning 6 and Elise turning 4.

We happened to be in Thailand for Talia’s birthday doing our last trip out to finalize some paperwork, so we thought we could have fun celebrating there.

2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (7 of 32)We went out for a special birthday breakfast and let her choose whatever she wanted from the menu.  She chose waffles and a smoothie.2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (1 of 32)We bought a couple gifts and a few balloons. I’m so glad it doesn’t take much to make something special for our girls! 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (2 of 32) 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (3 of 32) 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (4 of 32)Trying on her new hat. 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (5 of 32) 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (6 of 32)She requested lemon meringue pie, after hearing it was one of Mommy’s frequently requested birthday desserts and we were actually able to find it by googling local bakeries!  2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (8 of 32) 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (9 of 32)Instead of parties, we often like to do a birthday outing. So we gave her the choice of going to the zoo or going ice skating.  Ice skating it was! 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (10 of 32)They were pretty excited to try it out for the first time… 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (11 of 32)Talia did end up a bit disappointed that she couldn’t twirl and spin like a figure skater. Ha! 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (12 of 32)With Pingu’s help, Talia was able to make some progress and started moving on her own.2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (13 of 32)In the end the girls got tired of the skates and Ryan ended the hour by pushing them around as they stood on the back of Pingu’s skis, until their socks were soaked through. 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (14 of 32)


A couple months later and it was Elise’s turn.  We had an idea to set up a surprise tea party after the girls went to bed.  The girls often come down early in the morning to use the bathroom and Elise has been known to go scavenging for something to eat. So, this time we made it easy.2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (15 of 32) 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (16 of 32) 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (17 of 32) 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (18 of 32)Something the girls had been looking forward to for MONTHS was having a second attempt at a sister sleepover when Elise turned 4 (as it didn’t go so well when she was 3 years old). This time… Success!  2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (19 of 32)For Elise’s birthday outing we decided to take a picnic and go swimming at the waterfalls, but the weather dropped by 10-15 degrees that weekend, so we changed the “swimming” to “hiking.” The water ended up being a bit high anyways and may have been tough to swim in.2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (20 of 32) 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (21 of 32)It was pretty cozy to get to wear sweatshirts for the first time this season. 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (22 of 32)The hike ended up being a big adventure and loads of fun.   The girls did great!2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (23 of 32) 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (24 of 32)We even hiked straight up one of the waterfalls! We didn’t even know this path existed, which made this birthday hike all the more exciting and memorable. 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (25 of 32) 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (26 of 32) 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (27 of 32)We started a new tradition with this colorful “birthday” hat from the night market.  Elise loved it! 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (28 of 32) 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (29 of 32)Daddy entertained us with his own version of the Lao candle dance2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (30 of 32)Elise thoroughly enjoyed the show! 2015-11-16 birthdays by Melissa Crossett (31 of 32)We forgot to buy wrapping paper, so made do with some construction paper.  Guess which one was from us.

If you missed Isla’s 1st birthday, you can see that here.

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1 thought on “big girl birthdays”

  1. Looks like the girls had very special birthday celebrations!! You guys do a great job of making fun memories!!
    I would love to see a video of Ryan’s improvised candle dance!! 😉

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