Ashley was so excited to see her grandpa. I'm pretty sure she loves my dad more than she loves me, as evidenced by the pictures below (When was the last time she chilled on the grass with me? Try NEVER!):
After lunch (and before her nap which I wasn't so sure she'd take with all the excitement) we had cupcakes and opened presents! I'm dumb and I videoed the blowing out of the candle but didn't make sure anyone was taking pictures of it haha. So, sorry, you miss out on those but you got them from her real birthday so I don't feel quite so bad. :) She loved all her presents and we had to open all of them immediately so she could play with them. Again, she needed grandpa to help her open them because they're super buds like that. ;)
Perhaps the funniest thing of the day was her exploration of the Play Dough puppy Uncle Alan and Aunt Alexis gave her. She loved mushing the dough and squashing it into the molds. There was a little crank that you could shove play dough in and grind it to make dog food for the puppy. She really loved that. You could also fill some tubes in the puppy's head with play dough and when you pushed his head back down onto his neck, hair wold grow out the top of his head and a tongue would come out of his mouth. For whatever reason she was terrified of this little feature! We all had a good laugh making the puppy grow hair and watching her freak out (is that child abuse?) and I'm still working with her, but I think she's not so scared of it anymore. She still doesn't like it but she's also not backing away saying "I'm scared! I'm scared!"
This is before she got all freaked out. She was shoving pieces of the dog food we'd made into his mouth. She thought that was pretty cool. She likes to feed her toys. I think she worries about them going hungry. ;)
And this is just before we abused her with the "growing" hair and tongue. Like I said, I'm working on it with her and she seems to be making improvements. ;) We love our little girl to death and we were so happy to be able to have a family party for her!