October is all about birthdays. We started it all off with Mabel who turned 5. It's an exciting year for Mabel. She's learning to read and learning to swim. She loves pigs and armadillos, fancy dresses, headbands and pink. She wanted an old-fashioned girl birthday so I got my mom to send me her 1970s Holly Hobbie cake pans, which were perfect.
And of course, she needed an old-fashioned costume.
and some new reading material.
For her birthday excursion, she wanted to go to the Yankee Candle megastore. She insisted, "It's not just a Christmas shopping place. It's an adventure, full of exciting things." We didn't actually buy any candles, but we did take advantage of the photo ops and enjoyed the castle, the indoor snow, and the animatronic oom-pa band.