We had a small birthday party for Bella at the St. Charles park the Saturday before her birthday, and we invited all her classmates at her new school.
Lolo helping Bella slide
We met a puppy at the park, too.
Clara and Bella
On Bella's actual birthday (Tuesday), Gabi and I took cookies and apple juice up to Bella's school to share with all of Bella's new friends.
Bella's birthday celebration at school
That evening, we invited all our Little Rock family over to celebrate with Bella. Bella loved the birthday song and requested "Mommy sing 'Happy To You' to Bella!" many times, including as a bedtime lullaby.
Bella and cousin Caitlin
Bella, cousin Daniel, and Gabi
Ice cream "cupcakes" from Lolo & Lola
Opening presents with Lola
Naming each animal (and its sound) from Lolo
Bella "reading" her new book
Opening a present from Ninang, Ninong, and cousin Steven
Helping baby Belle (from Disney's Beauty & the Beast) slide down
Playing with Presents
Bella has been enjoying all her new birthday presents. She and Gabi will re-wrap each item, sing "Happy Birthday" to Bella, and let Bella open them again and again. Then they play with the toys together.
Bella loves wearing her new backpack
Both girls decked out in Hello Kitty jewelry