Thursday, June 7, 2012

Mercy Turns 4!

On May 27 Mercy turned 4.  Four!  That's just a year from five, which seems to impossible.  Four, it would seem, is a definite exit from toddlerhood.

For Mercy's birthday we were in Idaho visiting Ryan's parents before their big move to Arkansas.  We enjoyed gifts, ice cream sundaes, and pirate and princess hats for the occasion.

A new ladybug towel.

A bicycle basket to put flowers and worms in.

Gilead got a toy fishing set.  Wow!

A big girl water bottle.

Opening a puzzle.  She's become quite the puzzle whiz.

Grandpa Joe having a good time.

Showing off the pearl necklace Grandma Carrie made for her.  So grown up!

And the fairy wings and tutu (also made by Grandma Carrie).

A pirate and his ice cream.

A littler pirate, who has no ice cream.

The birthday princess loves ice cream.

A Daddy pirate!

Aren't we attractive?

Abel finally makes friends with Grandpa.


All three with Grandpa and Grandma.

Mercy had also been talking about having a birthday party with friends for some time.  So, the weekend after her birthday, we had a couple of friends over to the local park to grill hot dogs and sausages and eat cake.  Mercy wanted a hippopotamus ballerina cake, and, as the crazy mom, I decided to give it a whirl.

It only took two days.

And a lot of frosting and fondant.

Party favors!

Abel helps Daddy.

Blowing out the candles!

We're very thankful for our Mercy girl and pray that God will bless her as she continues to grow into a lovely girl.