10.07.2014

Riley's Golden Birthday

Riley turned 3 on the 3rd of this month and we celebrated her birthday big time. Riley got to spend her golden birthday in the beautiful golden state of California.We spent the first two days of our visit at Disneyland and Disney's California adventure, where Riley was in store for two amazing surprises.

 The first was that Grandma Oberly flew into California to join in the festivities:

And the second was a complete princess makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique:

And as if that weren't plenty, she even got a mini-party with her cousins at Build-a-Bear:
It was exceptionally hot while we were there, but we plowed through and were able to do so much within the Disney experience.

The next day was a birthday party for Riley at her YY and Nana's house. There was an outpour of family and friends who came to love on our birthday girl to celebrate her upcoming third year of life.

Love my parents' backyard

Being sung "happy birthday" to

one half of family and friends who attended

It was such a great turn out and Riley was beaming the entire time. We are so truly blessed to have so many loving people close in our lives. 

At 3 years of age, Riley continues to amaze us. She can hold a conversation with the best of them. She has a sense of humor you wouldn't expect from someone her age. She is starting to really step into her role as a big sister, even if that involves a lot of tattling. She loves to sing and dance, still loves to read books, watch Disney movies. She is starting to really come out of her shell in her school environment, making friends everywhere she goes. She is just a funny and loving little girl. She has touched my heart in a way that it amazes me that my heart has not exploded. I wish there were a way for me to explain to her, in a way that she could understand that she has just filled every fiber of my being with so much love and joy, that I live to make her happy that she got me as a mother. Because I am just so humbled and grateful that God chose for us to be together.