Last week was my daughter Charlotte’s 4th birthday. She asked for a tea party for her birthday, and we gladly obliged, complete with iced tea (hot tea and a bunch of 2 and 4 year olds? Yikes!), scones, and mini cupcakes! Plus, a couple other favorites like waffle sticks and all the berries they could stuff in their mouths, haha.
While I did snag a couple of pictures of the food table before the kids demolished it, I decided to set my camera aside during the party and just be present instead. Part of me wishes I had pictures of her and her friends at the party, but I know in my heart that if I’d been behind the lens the whole time, I wouldn’t have been present, and probably would have started annoying the kids, who honestly just wanted to play.
But it all ended up being ok, because when the kids woke up from their naps after the party, Charlotte came and asked me if I would take her picture like last year! My mama photographer heart MELTED! Last year, we dressed her up in a Rapunzel dress, a tiara, and little high heeled shoes, took her to a meadow and gave her a handful of wildflowers, and went nuts. This year, she wanted to wear her fancy dresses (Me-Ma sent her one for Christmas and another for her birthday) and her Rapunzel dress, so we had a couple of outfit changes. We actually went to the same meadow as last year, too, but because we’ve gotten all of half an inch of rain this rainy season so far, the meadow looked… well, dead, haha.
That being said, we had a blast, and I absolutely LOVE the photos I got of her. (Totally biased, don’t care!)