The day started off at 5:50 when Kayci came strolling into my office where I was working. It's not uncommon for Noble to come in early in the morning to say good morning, but it's really rare that Kayci is the first kid up. In fact, she even woke up before Mommy. I think she was pretty excited.
We woke MommyGirl up and then woke up Noble so the birthday festivities could begin. Noble woke up really well and was really excited about Kayci's birthday. MommyGirl was, too. In typical Kristi fashion, she had decorated the house for the occasion - she's so great at making us all feel so important on our special days. I did the bathroom while Kristi decorated the rest of the house.
Next was the traditional birthday donuts. It started as a Kristi and Lynn tradition when they were roommates in college and has just lived on. Don't judge.
I went to work for a half day and Kristi took the kids to an early movie - the new(ish) Snow White movie, "Mirror Mirror." They all said it was pretty good. Then we met up with Amy and the Clarkson kids for lunch as they traveled back to Pflugerville from Houston. We had a good lunch of pizza and ice cream at Mobius and headed to College Station to get Kayci's ears pierced at the mall.
We went to Claire's in the mall (is there even anywhere else that pierces ears?). Kayci said her hands were sweating. She was excited, but not really nervous - until it came time to sit in the Piercing Chair®. The girl who worked at Claire's that would be piercing her ears had blue streaks in her hair and several piercing of her own in her lips and nose. You should've seen Kayci's face- it was priceless. We had joked about just taking her down to the tattoo place in town to get pierced, so it was kind of funny. But the girl who helped us was really sweet and did a great job.
We went to James Avery to pick out Kayci's real earrings for when the starters can come out, but we didn't find exactly what she was looking for, so we decided to wait and look around in the next few weeks. And then we headed home. Noble had swim lessons, so we needed to get back to Brenham. Kayci requested tortellini for dinner, so we cooked that, ate a quick meal outside on the deck and went off to watch Noble swim.
Kayci was born at 9:43pm, so we told her she could stay up for her birth minute. I went to the store to get some Drano for a clogged drain and picked up (at Kristi's request) a piece of birthday cake for her to celebrate her birth minute. Kristi and the kids piled up in our bed while I worked on the computer, and went I went in a few minutes before Kayci's birth minute, I found all of them asleep.
It was a very Pharaon birthday (lots of traditions and pampering and sweets), and I think it was special. I know Mommy and I had a great, fun day. Happy nine years old, Kayci!
[edit from Kristi]: You captured it well, DaddyBoy! My only correction for posterity's sake is that Noble's gift was actually a shirt that says, "My brother has the best sister ever" and a bunch of hair elastics in a cupcake thing (her birthday party is cupcake-themed).
And so you guys don't think I picked a random print for her banner, etc., that's wrapping paper that Kayci chose to build her Nancy Drew birthday party around...then she switched to cupcakes...and went and bought all premade party stuff at Target.