So, for Gracie's birthday, Houston was expecting ice and snow! What a great present for her, since we so very rarely see that white stuff known to other parts of the country in winter as 'snow'. The schools were closed, there were rolling blackouts (thankfully not us), and in general, sheer panic usually reserved for hurricanes. We ended up not getting snow, but we got enough ice to cripple the town. But you do have to understand....Houston typically does NOT freeze, and our city is chock full of overpasses and bridges that make driving in icy conditions dangerous and literally deadly. By the way, there were over 800 accidents, and 2 fatalities caused by the weather.
So right before all the mess hit us, Gracie and I went and got our hair trimmed up. It was her 2nd hair cut ever, and she wasn't sure about it at first. We were the last clients of the day, so I was able to put Lucas' playpen up, and we camped out!
Ryan brought his PSP, but it didn't really last. He was so curious about so many things, that he just couldn't concentrate on his game.
For a treat after, we had a snack, and boy, was it a hit!
My beautiful girl has been such a joy! I loved spending this day with her, and she was soooo excited all. day. long!! Ryan and Lucas (in his own way) cheered her on all day as well, so it was a great family celebration.
We got home, and Daddy was able to get off work slightly early, so Gracie and I headed to the local nail salon for a mani/pedi.
She had to take her purse with her, just like Mama.
Gracie was absolutely enthralled with the lady painting her nails! It was soooo cute to watch her interact with them, and misunderstand their accent. One lady kept saying her nails were so pretty, but Gracie heard it (with the accent) as potty, I think.
Then it was time to have our 'party' and we opened up a few presents from us, and shared our party with our cousins on the big tv! We have recently learned about skype, and it has been wonderful to get to 'see' my sister Betsy and all the kids, since we don't get to see them very often in person. All in all, it was a great day, and Gracie had a blast.