Celebrating Noelle’s 4th Birthday!

This is a bit belated, but better late than never!

Noelle had a couple small celebrations to bring in her 4th year.  The first one was on the actual day of her birthday, which fell on a Tuesday this year.  I took the day off from work, and kept her home from school.  I was trying to think of what to do with her.  I considered Knott’s Berry Farm (we’ve never been and thought Camp Snoopy sounded like it might be fun for her), or Adventure City (another small Orange County amusement park, but when I looked it up I discovered it was closed that day).  What she really wanted to do though, was go to Chuck ‘e Cheese!  So that’s what we did!  Sam came along too because he took a half day.

Tuesday | January 6th, 2015


Opening up her birthday gifts – Shopkins!!!  (and a pink razor scooter)


Looking like such a big girl all ready to go on our little birthday adventure!

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Having a really great time already!

The place was pretty empty, so she got the place practically all to herself.  We earned most of the tickets playing skee-ball, and because I filled out an online survey we were able to hit our 100 ticket goal – she was ecstatic!



She redeemed the tickets for the prize she had her heart set on this whole time – a rainbow swirl lollipop!

By the time we were done playing at, it was already 3 pm and time to pick up Jaren from daycare.  No nap for her today, but she seemed to be in good spirits!  This turned out to be a bad idea later that night when family came over to celebrate with dinner and cake.  She may be four, but she still really needs her naps!


Daddy helped her blow out candles and open gifts

Saturday | January 10th, 2015

We had her actual birthday party, the following Saturday.  It was a pretty small, intimate affair consisting of her closest friends (Aliya, Leah, Mya, Selah, Luke, and Jude) and a bounce house.  We setup the bounce house in our driveway, catered mediterranean food from Doner G, bought an ice cream cake from Albertson’s, and let the kids play.  No real agenda and very casual!  It was pretty much a glorified playdate.  It was the perfect way to celebrate her day, and she had a lot of fun, especially since she doesn’t like a lot of fanfare.

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Thank you for coming, friends!



Interview with Noelle – Age 4.

I tried doing something like this last year, at 3, but she wasn’t into it at all and didn’t have as long an attention span, but it was perfect to do this at 4!  Here’s my little interview with Noelle – I pulled the questions off this site.

1. What is something mommy always says to you? Mommy says, “I love you, Noelle”.

2. What makes you happy? Shopkins (she’s obsessed right now.  Thanks to Disney Collector!)

3. What makes you sad? I can’t find my checklist (she’s looking for this checklist that comes with the Shopkins since the goal is to try to collect all of them).

4. What makes you laugh? When someone tickles me!

5. How old are you? Four.

6. How old is Mommy? 46!!  (Said with confidence.  Oy!  Time to invest in those anti-aging creams).

7. How old is Daddy? Hmmm I don’t know?…100?  Daddy is old.

8. What is your favorite thing to do? Play Shopkins.

9. Who is your best friend? ALIYA!

10. What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be Noelle’s mommy.  (Heart melting…)

11. What are you really good at? Not peeing or poopooing in my pants (No she’s not).

12. What are you not very good at? I’m not good at wrapping presents.

13. What did you do today? Stay home (yes – it’s a workday and she’s home bc she spiked a fever last night.  Seems like a total fluke bc she had no other symptoms and is perfectly fine today!)

14. What is your favorite food? Mac ‘n Cheese!

15. What is your favorite song? #8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13… and… 4!  And 3… annndd.. 5!  (from Taylor Swift’s 1989 CD)

16. What do you want for your birthday this year? A bounce house.  A rainbow bounce house!  (Well, the good news is she is getting a bounce house.  The bad news is there will be no rainbows).

17. What is your favorite animal? Elephants and camels.  (Very true.  She is always talking about elephants).

18. What is love? A hug and a kiss.

19. What does daddy do for work? I go upstairs and be close to daddy and sit next to him.  (Her daddy WFH a lot, and that is what she does whenever she is home too).

20. Where do you live? I live at Earth… in California.

21. Where is your favorite place to go?  Target!

It’ll be fun to do a similar interview every year and see how the answers change!