Lily's Fifth 4th Birthday Party
June 25, 2004

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First order of business: sand angels! The closer Lily is to the camera, the bigger she smiles!
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Second order of business: wrasslin! Ian shows off his freckles - and tickling moves! Lily flops!
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One of Lily's birthday presents: sand molds that make kid-sized hands and feet.
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Ian and the Firby twins make some castles, then Ian builds a "river" to the lake. The last time I saw these girls they were maybe 1. Now I know why my parents say they feel old when I visit. Jeeze!
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The first test run is successful.
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We'd been playing for about an hour. Lily came and sat next to me. "I wanna be with YOU", she whispered. Then she led me exploring to the far side of the lifeguard's chair... what an adventure! 
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More tests and heavy construction. Second and third trials of the river successful!
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For the last shot, I had help. I aimed, Lily shouted the kid's name. He was so startled, he cried! 
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For this series I asked the girls to make silly faces and bury my feet. Both goals artfully achieved! 
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Here we are at Lily's best birthday present: the giant sand hole. It was filled with brackish water; she desperately wanted us to jump in. Lily delighted in walking around this hole right on the edge, because it was "scary"; said she liked the hole because it was big. We visited several times - which she called "checking in with the hole". Looking into it she said "It's mine!" and grinned wide.
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WarioWare makes a splash with Ian and friends... as do the party favor bubbles! 

What a fabulous time! Thanks to Robin and Roshanna for organizing such a great afternoon!