Lauren looking at her cake

Lauren’s 6th birthday party

The "big 6th birthday"

The “big 6th birthday”

On Saturday, January 31st, Lauren had her 6th birthday party, which was a week plus ahead of her actual birthday. With everyone’s schedule the way it was, this date was a good time to have her party, and what a party it was.

The theme for the party was art, and the guests had a chance to paint whatever they wanted on a blank canvas. All in all, this was a fun party and the kids had a great time without making too much of a mess.

Lauren painting

Lauren painting

Jackson painting

Jackson painting

Before the party started, I got Lauren to pose for me. Here are several of those photos. They are just stunning.

Lauren posing

Lauren posing

Lauren clowning around

Lauren clowning around

Lauren looking at presents

Lauren looking at presents

Lauren at the table

Lauren at the table

Jack at the party

Jack at the party

Opening presents

Opening presents

"Happy Birthday to Lauren"

“Happy Birthday to Lauren”

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Jennifer and Lauren spying the food

Lauren’s tea party

_MG_6516Lauren just loves tea parties, and as her grandfather, I get the chance to participate in these quite often. In the fall of 2014, Jennifer, Lauren, Jackie, and I went to a restaurant in Plano to have a tea party one Saturday morning.

I am posting photos from this event, most of which are us just hamming it up. These parties allow all of us to have some semblance of formality, but most important, some time together for all of us to act both grown up and childlike at the same time.

More tea parties will be in the future, and I am happy to be invited to each one of them.

Lauren telling Jennifer something

Lauren telling Jennifer something

Lauren very excited about the tea party

Lauren very excited about the tea party

Jennifer and Lauren

Jennifer and Lauren

The food arrives

The food arrives

Jennifer and Lauren spying the food

Jennifer and Lauren spying the food

Jeff, Lauren, and Jackie

Jeff, Lauren, and Jackie

Face off between Lauren and Papa J

Face off between Lauren and Papa J

Big kisses after the tea party

Big kisses after the tea party

Lauren and Papa J

Lauren and Papa J

Big hugs for Mama J

Big hugs for Mama J

Laughs for all

Laughs for all