Hard to believe she is 8 already! August 13 th marked our Echo turning 8. We had to split up her birthday celebration to include Aunty Karyn who drove down from Canada for her visit the week before.
Saying goodbye on the 11th
So on the Friday (a day before Karyn had to drive back) we had an Echo day. We took her to the Como zoo (a zoo run on donations only) and she got a $30.00 limit in the main gift shop.
She HUGELY lucked out. They were having a sale on a series of large stuffed animals that had her buying 2 for pretty much exactly $30.00. After much agonizing we purchased a red panda (my favourite animal) and an elephant. Talk about a happy little girl!
With her new Stitch teddy from Aunty Karyn
After the zoo we had to drive back home and clean up for Echo’s first dance recital at the YMCA! There was 2 recitals planned due to summer scheduling conflicts with parents. For this recital not only was Aunty Karyn and Trinity there with Mom and Dad but she was the only one in her class that made it!
Dancing solo with Miss Grace
She did an amazing job dancing with her teacher Grace, and looked absolutely adorable in her little pink outfit. We were so proud.
After recital it was home for a cupcake cake! Since she is currently obsessed with Stitch I went on Amazon and found some little Lilo and Stitch statues to put on top of the cake. Success!
Monday marked her actual birth date so we had presents from us and Aunty Holly, Uncle James and Cousin Jimmie. I went all out with the Stitch stuff and Aunty Holly totally hit the mark with her Lego set.
Thank you Aunty Holly, Uncle James and Cousin Jimmie!
We also spent time at our favourite park.
A day or two later Echo got a parcel from Gammie. A brand new instant camera with film. Included was a lovely card from Aunty Heather and Hudson.
Add in birthday phone calls from Grandma and Nana and Baba and dinner out solo at McDonalds.
The topper on the day was swimming with Daddy while Mom worked out in her class upstairs.
Echo told me it was the best birthday ever. High praise indeed! Happy Birthday Echo!!!