Claire will turn nine on July 2. We won't be with her,
so our celebration came early. I didn't hear any complaints.
|Birthday cake, ice cream, and FRUIT would begin our mini-party.|
|Claire had the privilege of placing her own candles. Ryan perches|
over the table, knowing full well he isn't allowed to blow out her candles.
He's been through this drill before!
|She got them all with one mighty WHOOSH!|
|This insect/butterfly net with extendable handle will come in|
handy at home and on trips. NOT for little brothers, Claire!
|This Oodles of Doodles book will be great for home or travel, too.|
It begins pictures which you may complete from your imagination.
|Two tigers are the newest members of the Kirby family.|
|I think Claire was already getting some ideas of what to do with them.|
|While the weather was mild, the threesome dug up the last of|
the potatoes they had planted in early March. We got a nice harvest.
It's like a treasure hunt.
|After some biking, Evan and Claire took a music break.|
Evan on the keyboard.
|Claire on the drums. She's got rhythm.|
|When Evan came across my storage tub of Chipper's clothes,|
he tried on one of the military uniforms. You know that wearing
Cam Newton's # 1 jersey is standard issue in North Carolina.
|When Claire spied Chipper's top hat, all her ideas came together|
in a flash. She would be a circus ringmaster!
|But first, an Italian Ice break! Well earned.|
|Ryan had been doing major surgery (torture?) on Grandma.|
He would pause for a watermelon Italian Ice. But not for long.
Giving shots is SO much fun!
|As I observed Claire's circus planning, I got to snake-sit.|
That's THREE ferocious snakes entwined around me. My
background had prepared me for this, fortunately.
|The new tigers would be the centerpiece of Claire's circus.|
|This is the set-up for a carefully designed stunt by the white tiger.|
A trick that will amaze you!
BRAVO for the Claire Kirby Circus!
|Claire was heavily influenced by her current favorite movie,|
"The Greatest Showman."
In our book, CLAIRE is the greatestringmaster.
And today, Claire was Birthday Queen!