The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Birthday Bash...

Long time, no blog! ha ha :-) It's been a busy weekend, but we lived to tell the tale, and our birthday girl is blissfully, officially 8 years old now! Here are a few highlights from all the events ringing in Ashlyn's 8th year! (If only birthdays could be this exciting when we grow up! :-)


It all started with a sunny Saturday morning horseback riding lesson. Ashlyn rides with Caitlyn below. Caitlyn is Ashlyn's "very best Colorado friend" in Ashlyn's words! :-)
Saturday night started with a sleepover, and a breakfast of strawberries and donuts. What birthday girl doesn't deserve to sip her orange juice in a fancy glass?
The balloons...the treat bags...pink of course!
The flowers...pink roses and purple tulips.
Two best buddies getting ready for the party.
Mom with Ashlyn and Caitlyn. Ashlyn wanted to wear her tulle dress from the Father/Daughter dance...if it's your birthday, you can wear whatever you fancy! Can one ever be overdressed for her own party? I think not! :-)

Daddy with the birthday girl...
The party...at Justice For Girls...the theme...Webkinz! (What is a Webkinz you ask? It's an overpriced stuffed animal, but who am I to judge?!)
Party prep...combing out hair for the hair do makeovers...
The birthday girl smiles for the camera...
Playing Webkinz Bingo, the Wheel of Wow, and other fun games!

The table back home...Webkinz, Littlest Pet Shops, and princesses...because who said a cake can't have 3 themes?
Blowing out the candles...
Enjoying the cake, pink lemonade, cake flavored ice cream, and the company!

The gifts... Did you hear that "8 is great!?"
Dinner at Red Robin...the birthday girl's choice since she liked that the waiters sing to you after they announce it is your birthday... to the whole restaurant. Ashlyn said as she sat down, "Oh good, there are a lot of people in here tonight too!" We're not shy.
The guests and one appreciative birthday hostess!
Today I brought cupcakes to the classroom and a book for the class library in honor of Ashlyn's birthday...I think we can say the celebration has officially come to a close...Did I mention that mom and dad are tired? hee hee Happy 8th Birthday Ashlyn! :-)

17 comments:

Melissa said...

Oh my, I want to come to the next party!!! I love how cute Ashlyn poses for every pic...such a fun age, Happy Birthday!

glitzen said...

What a bash! That girl is blessed! I loved the three-themed cake, we like those things too around here. I thought your flowers, goodie bags, balloons were all SO festive and foofaloo-fun! Ashlyn looked so sweet and happy in that bday girl dress. I want one just like it. No way to be unhappy wearing a dress like that one. Hee hee.
Lastly, great idea to have a new book for the school library! Love it!!!

This and That said...

It must be so fun to have a little girl! The festivities look like a girl's dream! Congratulations on a birthday well done!

linda said...

Wow, your weekend and Monday has been a whirlwind of activity and excitement. It looks as though the birthday girl's party was a complete and utter success! How fun for everyone! Oh to be 8 again huh!?1

Beth said...

Oh to be 8 again! What a great party! I love Justice.. their clothes are nice... Happy Belated Birthday to Ashlyn! 8 is great!

Jeanette said...

Wow! What a fabulous birthday!!!! It looks like she (and all her friends) had a wonderful time! So honored that she was wearing a Sara Beth Bow on her big day (and it seemed to match her beautiful dress really well!). Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog! Have a wonderful day!

RunWithMe said...

Wow that is quite a celebration. Happy birthday to Miss Ashlyn!!

See you Thursday..how about 10:15 at Starbucks?

Faith said...

Oh yes, that is quite a party! So glad the birthday princess had a blast celebrating. I love what she said at Red Robin....too funny!

Traci said...

So sweet! Every little girl deserves a day as special as this. Loved the pictures!

Kim said...

Whew! I'm exhausted just reading about all the things you did! I remember those days with Aleah as well. Hold on to them tightly, they will be gone in an instant. Happy Birthday Ashlyn!!!

With love from the Faires' fam Ü

Lazy Mom Amanda said...

What a great Mom and great party. I'm too lazy to have parties at home...I outsource..no cleanup :)

Anita said...

What a wonderful weekend, and yes my kids seem to have those kinds of celebrations too, that include parties, dinner out and treats at school(well not in HS anymore..lol) but I'm worn out in the end.
Looks like Ashlyn had a wonderful celebration, and yes wardrobe and cake are all about whatever you want, especially when you are 8.

Lucy Marie said...

Oh, wow! What a party. It looks like everyone had such fun. I hope some day I have a little girl because I want to go to those kinds of parties!

Lorri said...

Love the Red Robbin comment! That's classic!

Sue said...

What a fun party! Glad to hear, and not surprised, that everyone had a fabulous time. You really outdid me with the pink! :-)

Now mom and dad.... get some rest!

Happy Birthday Ashlyn!

Sofia Striffler said...

didn't get to call you today but i am thinking about you. Talk to you soon.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Denise, I've been MIA, but please let the birthday girl know I wish her many happy returns!

xo,

Sheila :-)