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11.04.2016

Madeleine's 6th Birthday Recap

Madeleine turned 6 recently, and for the first year ever, we did not throw her a party. It doesn't mean we still didn't celebrate though. We were going to be travelling on her actual birthday for an out-of-town wedding, so we had a little celebration the night before instead.
She picked the dinner - pepperoni pizza, and I picked up fancy cupcakes from Gigi's for dessert.
Needless to say they went over quite well.
The flavors were Birthday Surprise (above), Texas Milk Chocolate (below), S'Mores, and Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Then it was time for presents! Madeleine is super into Pokemon right now. She loves collecting the cards. So, from Seamus, she got a bag full of Pokemon cards, a Pokemon toy, and a Pikachu T-shirt too.
And from Mom and Dad, she got a tablet, which was the only thing she asked for. I was on the fence whether to give her one or not, but we decided with a few rules attached she would be able to handle it. We chose the Kindle Fire Kids Edition for her.
We had taken it out of the box, pre-loaded all her favorite apps, and set the parental controls. It's a pretty decent deal for a kids tablet - inexpensive (you can usually find the 16GB version on sale for $79 throughout the year), has a 2-year guarantee if they break it, and comes with a 1-year membership to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited which has a ton of books, movies, etc. for kids.
All-in-all, it was a fun and low-key family celebration. We spent her actual birthday on a flight to Cleveland. I told Madeleine to tell the flight attendant it was her birthday and they may give her something. It's never too early to learn you always get free stuff on your birthday, right? They gave her a big bag of candy and had the entire plane sing Happy Birthday to her too. It was pretty cool.

Happy Birthday, Madeleine! I can't believe you're six. The toddler years are officially behind us and you're a bona fide kid now, and a pretty awesome one at that.

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