Happy Birthday Big Girl!

Saturday was Shelby’s seventh birthday.

Her celebration kind of started the week before though when she got her first present, a Vanellope von Schweetz doll from Gigi and Papa (my parents). Shelby loves dolls that look like “little girls” rather than babies and I don’t allow Bratz, so Vanellope is a welcome addition at our house. Plus, we love Wreck It Ralph. We love it so much, that when we opened the box, the boys asked if Shelby had to share her Vanellope doll!


Shelby brushing/teasing Vanellope’s hair

The previous weekend we had visited my parents and even though we did not have a birthday celebration, it was a chance for Shelby to see her grandparents, uncles and cousins. Then on Sunday of the previous weekend we visited Shelby’s Mimi (Jeff’s mom) and Shelby got a glow wand and a few other items during our visit.

Saturday morning started out with breakfast. Shelby got to pick her own.

Shelby's Birthday Breakfast

Shelby’s Birthday Breakfast


Shelby chose Snow Cream ice cream and popcorn for breakfast. She also got unlimited use of the iPad for the day.

And no breakfast is complete without bacon.


Mmmm, bacon


For lunch we had gluten free pizza with bacon and pepperoni. Shelby preferred just the bacon and pepperoni so, since it was her day, she got what she wanted. The boys helped top the pizza.






I ended up making a second pizza for myself LOADED with veggies this one was so yummy.

When it’s your birthday, you get to do a ton of stuff you love, so I let Shelby do one thing she REALLY loves that she never gets to do. Trash her room.


Embrace the chaos


That’s actually Shelby’s arm and body in the lower left side of that pic, she didn’t want to be in it. A true artist, she wants her art to speak for itself!

I made Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Devils Food Cake for the evening. It was really good. Since all Betty Crocker’s frostings are gluten free we had quite the choice. Joey chose to help me frost it with cream cheese frosting. I didn’t get a pic though.

When Jeff got home from work we sang and ate cake first. Shelby worked hard to blow all her candles out. This is the first year she was able to do it and knew what to do! Then we opened presents I didn’t get any pics as I was trying to “manage” the situation. Shelby got an Elmo guitar, Rosita and Abby Cadabby characters who are on a skateboard and roller skates, respectively; a Princess story book, her own pink cups and tropical tic tacs. She felt like she got a haul! Then we went out for dinner.

Our original dinner plan was to go to Zaxby’s but the Zaxby’s by us closed down! So we made a hasty plan B and headed to Buffalo Wild Wings. The kids enjoyed corn puppies and Jeff and I got wings and an entree. The kids had fun watching the variety of games and playing the games on the kid menus.

After dinner we headed down to the Carolina Beach boardwalk. The boardwalk is a far cry from its heyday, but an amusement company sets up rides each summer and there is Britt’s Doughnuts which are world famous. Shelby and I rode the carousel and the whole family rode the Pirate ship ride. The boys also did the fun house. We walked the boardwalk and being it was a holiday weekend and a weekend period, the line for Britt’s was 30+ minutes long! We considered sno-cones before deciding they might be a bit messier than we had energy for so we got a bag of cotton candy and as the sun was setting headed home.

Sunday after mass, we went in the afternoon to Jeff’s dad and step-mom’s town/community to swim at their pool. After an afternoon of swimming we joined them for dinner, more cake, and ice cream. They are getting Shelby a custom bean bag chair for her room but it will come in the next week or so.

I was scarce on pictures of actual celebration because, I was celebrating. But we had a great time and love our big girl!