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It seems that over the years Haley has always had a birthday that goes on and on…living in Austria and now apart from one set of grandparents, her birthday is celebrated with each family and now we add “friends” to the mix! So, this year we had 3 celebrations of our little girl turning 5.

Back at the start of August we were in CA for Haley’s uncle’s wedding and were able to have a mini family swim birthday party with Nana and Papa! Nana is the queen of strawberry cupcakes and they are a must when we celebrate with her. This time they were served on a beautiful silver platter that belonged to Haley’s great grandma Higgins! It wasn’t too hot but perfect weather for a dip in the “big pool” and then a present.


Three days before her birthday we had a Sunday afternoon “friends” birthday party. It started out as an Ariel birthday but turned into just a classic birthday. An Ariel cake pan was rented, sadly she never came to life over the span of all the celebrating…but we did find an Ariel t-shirt for H to wear that worked perfectly. In the end, a rainbow cake was ordered with wording chosen by the birthday girl and the only things Ariel were the balloons and plates!

At Haley’s request we played Bingo (actually HALEY) and T-ball outside before we had our cake and Neapolitan ice cream. Each friend played until they yelled “Happy Birthday Haley” when they got “Haley” on their board. We were so thankful to have Oma come to the party to help with all the numbers and candy!


Dad was in charge of t-ball and everyone did so well hitting! Amazing how athletic some kids can be at such a young age. Things slowly moved to the playground and everyone came in with red cheeks and ready for some lemon-aid!


With a bunch of “Cha-Cha-Cha’s” we sang to Haley and dove into the cake and ice cream! Opened a slew of princess themed presents (while wearing princess costumes) and then headed to our neighborhood park where the parents picked them up. I hope they all had fun, I know Haley did!


Her actual birthday was a Tuesday.

It seemed extra special this year because her only girl (and probably favorite for that reason) cousin was visiting from AL for the week! It made the whole day fun and extra girly! Opa was willing to watch Matt to facilitate a special girls lunch in downtown Anoka at Truffles and Tortes. (Opa & M picked up a happy meal and went to watch for trains -it’s what they both love and it melts my heart) We got a strawberry and a chocolate torte to share, so yummy!


Haley and her Oma

All the girls on the Conner side of our family (except great grandma), celebrating H and her life!

Everyone gathered for dinner at our house and upon request, we grilled wings and drum sticks, had corn and cupcakes of 2 flavors! It was a fun evening and a great family time to be together (finally adding the boys to the mix)! Haley (doing her own make-up) with Opa:

Haley got an exciting gift this year from Opa & Oma. If you read my previous post you saw the new costume she received at Disneyland, it was the start of the gift. Tonight the finishing touches were all wrapped up for her to open. First came the new shoes to match the wedding Rapunzel dress, she loved them.

Then, probably the most important part of the costume came, the Rapunzel hair. She is so excited at this point, I don’t think she thought there could be any more to come!

But there was…the wedding veil, ring and flowers. Dad thought things were getting a bit too realistic at this point and I had to agree but she was beyond words excited! When we told her to stand and show us the whole costume she instantly remembered her “princess fingers” she learned from Snow White at DL and posed.

This next picture was actually where I think things went a bit too too far but it was so cute I had to capture it. I think our girl ended her birthday celebration month on a happy note!

In the mean time, her dad and I have decided that one cake will be enough for each child so she can decide when we have it…with friends or family. It seems only fair! If for no other reason than to keep the size of these blog posts down! Happy Birthday to our 5 year old! May it be the best year of your life so far!

2 Responses to “Turning 5!”

  • Ginette Sundin Says:

    Is that ONE cake for next year? Cause there is how many on this birthday?! ;) Happy birthday Haley! We are so glad to know you and had you stay at our house. You are the world’s sweetest little girl and a blessing to all!

  • Kristy Says:

    LOVE all of her expressions! Looks like she had a great birthday!! Happy birthday Haley!! Sorry we dropped the ball and missed this one. :)