Zach and I decided to make sticky chicken for dinner, since Aubrey loves rice and it's a pretty easy meal to throw together. While we were waiting for Carl and Miranda to get back Zach and Brian played some games and Aubrey checked out her cake. She absolutely loved it and wanted to look at all the animals. At one point she even managed to get some of the frosting. We tried out another person since the lady I usually use wasn't available. The cake was super tasty and a hit with the kids.
I ran home to get candles and a few other things and when I got back Carl and Miranda were unloading the horse. They had trouble loading them up, and were only able to bring one. The two horses wouldn't load up together for some reason. I quickly ran inside to get Aubrey and have Zach start cooking the chicken. She was in love with the horse. His name was Sapphire and she couldn't get enough of him. She stood on the trailer while Miranda brushed him down and saddled him up. Carl was surprised by how calm she was being so close to a huge animal. The other kids wanted to help brush him down, and were more hesitant to get near him than Aubrey. Once he was saddled up Aubrey had her first ride. She rode like a pro. We all hovered near her, but she didn't need any help. She grabbed onto the saddle and that was that.
After Aubrey's ride it was time to let the other kids have a turn. She was not happy about that and didn't want to get off. Parker was next, and I didn't get a picture of him. Then Ethan, Maki, and Sawyer all got a turn. We also tried putting Madilynn on, but she started crying until Carl got on too. Aubrey kept following them around and at one point helped lead the horse with Aunt Rae Rae.
This picture reminded me of one of my favorite pictures of Maki and Ethan.
This was almost 4 years ago.
Once all the other kids had had a ride or two they were pretty much finished, but Aubrey was not ready to call it a day. She rode and rode and rode. She enjoyed pointing where she wanted to go and having Aunt Rae Rae lead the horse. We stopped for a little bit to eat dinner, and it was hard to get her to eat. She kept wanting to go back to Sapphire. Once we finished eating we went back outside to ride. At one point we went down the drive way and as we were coming back the horse neighed. I was not expecting it and it scared me, but Aubrey was just fine. In fact, she spent the rest of the time making her own neighing noises.
Once we got back from that trip, it was time for Aunt Rae Rae to have a turn. Aubrey and Parker watched from the pool deck while the other three kids swam. Miranda rode around the land and you could tell she definitely misses riding. Hopefully one day she'll have her own horses again.
Once Miranda rode for a little bit Aubrey was back on it. We tried getting Madilynn and Aubrey to take a picture together, but Aubrey wasn't a fan of sharing the saddle. Madilynn was all smiles though! I rode too, and decided that I would not be a good horse rider. I couldn't get him to go and hated kicking his stomach. Brandon and the rest of them got a good laugh at watching me try to get the horse to move! After I came back we were finally able to convince Karla to get on. Aubrey had one last ride then it was time to put him up.
Then we opened presents and sang happy birthday to Aubrey. She wasn't sure about the singing and kept trying to stop everyone from singing. When we told her to blow out the candle Parker beat her to it. You can hear the pause on the video because everyone was shocked at it! It was pretty funny though and Aubrey didn't really understand what we were doing anyway. She got some dresses and pjs from Crystal and Miranda as well as a stuffed cow from Miranda that she loved! She immediately started hugging and kissing it. We gave her a Repunzel doll with Maximus the horse and she was in love with it too. She brushed the doll's hair all the way home that night. When we got home Grandma and Grandpa Hite's presents had arrived. They sent her a lot of princess stuff that she loved! The necklaces have been a big hit and she loves wearing all five of them, as well as the Repunzel dress and magnetic Belle dress up doll. She loves the stamps, but has to be watched while using them!
She hung out on the patio with the grands while I cleaned up inside the house. Sawyer was upset at this point because he couldn't find his towel, but managed to calm down and wait for me to finish up. Once it was clean I loaded the kids in the car. Zach had left to play magic with Brian around 5:30, so I got the kids bathed and put to bed. It was such a fun filled day! The kids all crashed hard and passed out immediately getting into the bed. I am again so grateful to Miranda for borrowing a horse so we could make Bitty Bit's day special. It was definitely a success and we may need to put her in riding lessons one day!
I just want to end my post about our sweet Aubrey Belle. She is such a sweet and sassy little girl. She loves milk and snacks. She still loves fruits, but also enjoys sweets. She is a huge animal lover and loves to watch any movie with them in it. She looks up to her brothers and will follow them around . She tries to follow the big kids around and be part of what they are doing. Aubrey gives us hugs and kisses and loves to push Zach and I together to have us hug. She can be adventurous and will get into things if she's not being watched. One of her favorite things is grabbing the toothbrushes and putting them into the toilet. We've had to buy a few replacements the last few months. She's struggling with the idea of sharing, and we're working on that with her as well as her speech. We may end up putting her in therapy if it doesn't pick up.
Aubrey loves dressing up and looking pretty. She'll grab my chapstick if I don't put it away and tell me "pretty" after putting it on. She's getting better at sitting still to let me fix her hair. She loves to babble and tell me things while moving her head back and forth. She loves to take my phone and watch movies on it or listen to music. Her baby doll stroller is one of her favorite toys and she enjoys going outside to play with the kittens. We absolutely love her and her sweet, funny self. We're excited to see what her second year will bring.