As a Keith family descendant I come from a long line of pre-partiers. We’re known for getting the party started days in advance and sometimes enjoying ourselves so much that come actual party time, we’re spent. I’m proud to say that I think Sarah got the gene. Her party wasn’t until Saturday evening which meant we had all day to pre-party ourselves silly.

So we did.

Sarah spent the 50 degree day in a nightshirt, her crocs, and a hand-me-down sweatshirt. And I didn’t care one bit. She was having the time of her life and couldn’t be bothered to dress herself. The years of being able to do that are short, so why not embrace it? (I for one know that no one appreciates it when I traipse around in such attire)

Three of her cousins, Brody, Lily, and baby Nate, were in town for her party which meant lots of frolicking, indoors and out. (we missed you Charlotte!)

¬†Of course, the leaf pile was calling…





And eventually even Papa found that he couldn’t resist the force of the crunchy brown leaves and the squealing girlies…


Let’s call this little series “poor papa”.



Poor papa.

The girls were all smiles though!


Eventually we headed inside so that Pi’bears could open her present from Grama. Mom has been asking me for weeks what to get Sarah. I gave her very specific instructions: an electric pencil sharpener. As unflashy and possibly lame as it sounds I know my daughter. And I know what makes her heart sing. I knew the whir of that electric sharpening motor would complete her.

Before she opened her gift she had a little help from Grama to read her card…


My mom saved every single card my grandmother (her mother) ever sent me. And each and every holiday she passes the card on to Sarah with a new handwritten note beside my grandmother’s scratchy handwriting from a quarter century ago.


My mom is something special. And so is my daughter.

Predictably Pi’bears was all over that pencil sharpener like white on rice. Check out the point on this baby!


Lily was a fan too. I think I know what we’ll be giving her for her third birthday in December.



Even the cowboys thought pencil sharpening was pretty cool. Although they prefer to keep it old school and sharpen by hand.


I’m actually surprised he didn’t pull out a knife and whittle it. That Brody boy has some country flowing through his veins, I tell you what!

During the pencil sharpening frenzy Brody and Uncle Brent snuck outside to take a little batting practice.


They took themseves very seriously.


B-Ro, on the other hand, did not. He doesn’t look kindly upon sharing his daddy so he spent much of their time hiding the ball behind his back with a taunting grin on his face. I’ve taught him well.


Eventually the pre-party ended, as all good pre-parties must do, and we loaded ourselves up for the Little Gym.

Tina ROctober 26, 2009 - 9:24 pm

Wow! Just the “pre-party” looks fun!! Can’t wait to see the party. Oh, and E’s shirt is too adorable!! {etsy?}

GramaOctober 26, 2009 - 10:17 pm

I will never doubt you again. You do, indeed, know your daughter and I must admit that she was thrilled with the pencil sharpener! I love these pics. The pre-party was great fun!

DonnaOctober 27, 2009 - 5:20 am

I bet my 6 year old would love an electric pencil sharpener just as much as Sarah – great Christmas idea! You knew someone was gonna ask – where did you get that adorable “E” shirt? Love it!

LeeOctober 27, 2009 - 5:54 am

What beautiful pictures – I am jealous of your talent! Looks like such fun!

StacyOctober 27, 2009 - 7:32 am

Getting dressed is over rated! My 4 yr. would live in her PJ’s everyday if I let her. Sometimes she stays in them all day just to change out and put on cleans one the next night. Those are the best days! And kids love office supplies. My oldest daughter and neice get a slew (sp?) of them for Christmas every year. Anything from copy paper, post its, staplers, tape dispensers, you name it. I can completely understand her fascination with an electric pencil sharpener! And you mom is awesome to save all of those cards. What a wonderful keepsake. Ephraim’s shirt is awesome and that look on his face is priceless!

tara pollard pakostaOctober 27, 2009 - 8:17 am

how fuN! my daughter ava who is 8 loves nothing more than to tromp around in her dad’s big ol’ t-shirt and NOTHING else. she won’t be able to get away with it for much longer. I would say by 11 she would need to stop doing that! ha ha! tara

AmyOctober 27, 2009 - 8:32 am

What a great way to celebrate Sarah! I had no idea so many of her relatives would be there–how special! Love that she loves the pencil sharpener, too. And Ephraim’s shirt is awesome. . . another Etsy find?

KimOctober 27, 2009 - 8:58 am

That looks like some serious fun!! What a beautiful family you have! I love what your mom does for Sarah.

KellyOctober 27, 2009 - 9:48 am

Your Mom is killing me! The cards are incredible! What an treasure for you and Sarah.

You know you can’t post that picture of Ephraim and not say where you got it! seriously

erinOctober 27, 2009 - 10:18 am

Thanks you guys! I did think about linking the site in the original post but I didn’t want to be presumptuous. =) I actually got the shirt from my friend Margaret Day who was selling them at the time. I don’t think she is anymore but you may be able to order directly from their site:

KarlyOctober 27, 2009 - 10:20 am

Maybe for ‘ten on tuesday’ you could give us a clicky link to where you got that awesome Ephraim ‘E’ shirt from? I know you can’t resist a good reason for a clicky!

P.C.October 27, 2009 - 6:21 pm

Yes, it was a fun pre-party! Thanks for having us over and partying! Love to all.

JanelOctober 27, 2009 - 7:54 pm

Ally has that exact same big sister shirt!

AnneOctober 28, 2009 - 6:02 am

Poor papa? I don’t think so! He looked quite at home sitting in the leaf pile with his favorite girls. Too cute!

My heart melted a little when you mentioned the cards from your Grandmother. What a treasure your mom is! Are you going to save the cards and pass them along to your g’daughter? How cool would another generation of the same cards be? A true family treasure.

B-ro is getting more grown up and beautiful everyday.

Beautiful family there, Erin.

SuzyOctober 29, 2009 - 8:35 pm

Oh Erin…..I LOVE what your momma does for Sarah’s birthday cards. That is the sweetest thing I have ever heard!! LOVE IT!!

Janelle AndersonOctober 30, 2009 - 3:52 am

Oh Erin…I know this post is about one beautiful birthday girl but that last shot of Ephraim shows what a lady killer he’s going to be. What a handsome boy! YOU. ARE. IN. TROUBLE….X 2! Miss you.

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