We were sorry to see summer come to an end. We may have even cried a little, but we dried our eyes on our spankin' new school clothes, brushed off our backpacks and headed back to the elementary grind. Klive wanted in on the back-to-school action this year. He insisted on wearing his backpack to the drop-off.
Just a week into the new school year, and Winn's birthday was on!
Lucky she's got a super awesome mom who would slave away on dragonfly cupcakes to share with her first grade class!
We made this little chick's birthday dream come true with a "Brave" birthday party.
We can always count on these two to party with us. The Johnsons and Botts also made the trip up to Idaho to celebrate Winnie. Thanks everyone!
All of Winn's best buddies showed up to participate in our Brave Highland Games.
We had the guests spin the clan wheel to divide the teams.
Each clan got their own clan sash and pin. Then, we let the games begin!
They competed in a stick horse race . . .
and a triplet treat toss game.
I could have guessed that these two would end up in the same clan. BFF's.
Of course they shot arrows and participated in feats of strength with the caber throw.
They even paid a little visit to the witches' cabin and made some nifty bear-claw necklaces.
These girls prefer to be strong, independent princesses!
All that competing and you work up an appetite for snacks and witches brew!
We went with almond chocolate bear-claw cupcakes and Vanilla Merida crazy hair cupcakes.
Winnie never says no to her favorite - PB&J.
Grandma Sara supplied the fruit . . .
And we chased it all with some cotton candy wisp shots.
Happy number 7 sweet little Winn! You are one special girl! Thanks for working so hard at school and being mom's best cleaner and little brother entertainer! You are still as sweet and considerate as ever and your loving spirit makes us a happier family. You are growing into a beautiful, kind, and talented young lady - and might I add, a super soccer player! Even though your boy-craziness at 7 is terrifying your mom and dad, we know you will keep making good choices because that's just the kind of girl you are! Keep smiling little lady!