Kate turned 8 and boy did she party it up! The week before her birthday we had family over for dinner and blew out candles on her(by request) Oreo Cookie Blizzard Cake. We are so lucky to have family live so close that when a special day comes along, we can make a whole 'To-do" about it within a few days notice.
On her actual birthday I took her to the American Girl Doll Store up in Seattle for a little shopping spree and afternoon lunch. Zach had a soccer tourament up in Seattle that weekend as well, so we got to celebrate with the Heiser and Merrill girls too, who also had birthdays within the month. It worked out perfect, the boys were at rainy soccer while the girls shopped and dined. Kate picked out Grace, the doll of the year and a few other things, and then was spoiled again with doll garb and a three course meal in the cafe, with another cake to boot! What a great way to spend a birthday! It really was cute eating lunch with their dolls.