My sister's birthday is the 4th of July, so we took advantage of the long weekend to celebrate for a few days, rather than just 1.
On Sunday, PJ and I took Katie to see Zarkana, a Cirque du Soleil show at the Radio City Music Hall. While you're not allowed to take pictures during the show, I snapped a few of the performers as they came out before the show and interacted with the audience.
They sat in the audience, followed people as they walked down the aisles, and were so much fun to watch. I felt like seeing these performers before the show really built up the excitement for the show!
Not only was it Katie's first experience with Cirque, but it was her first trip to Radio City Music Hall. (and mine too)! I really was not even slightly prepared for how beautiful it was.
On the 4th of July, my family and I headed into Manhattan to see the Macy's fireworks display. It's been a tradition that we see fireworks every year"for Katie's birthday"... Imagine the bummer when we had to tell her that the fireworks were actually for America's birthday, and not hers!
My uncle is a police officer with the NYPD, so he was able to get us into a special viewing area, out on a pier a few blocks south of the Intrepid. While out party was probably not as awesome as the one at the Intrepid, we had burgers, hot dogs, free ice cream, and beer! Well, Katie didn't have beer... It was only her 18th birthday...
I love my parents! They really are the best :-)
While Katie's actual birthday was a blast, we kept the party going through the 5th, since the weekend's festivities hadn't left us much time for cake. I spent some serious time making cake and decorations for my #1 sister... Like, way more time than I planned! It's ok tho, because I love her.
Recognize that banner? I got the idea from A Bit of Sunshine. If you're going to tackle this, be aware that it's like a 6 hour project! Yikes...
I also made a fancy cake...
It was really tall! This was another 6 hour ordeal.... Mostly because the inside of the cake looked like this:
Yup! It was a flag! It must have been really delicious, because there weren't any leftovers... And if you're wondering how the heck I did it, you can find step by step instructions on Glorious Treats. My cake was not nearly as red as hers, or even as red as it looks in the picture... and I used approx 45 drops of food coloring... it looked more like the flag of the United States of Barbie. That's ok though, right? I mean, we still ate it ALL :-D
All in all, it was a great weekend! And while it's totally scary that my little sister is now 18, every day she becomes more my friend and less my baby sister. True story: I was totally bummed when she was born because I couldn't play with her... I really thought I would have an instant buddy, someone who I could do everything with all the time, but really all she could do back then was giggle. 18 years later she's still giggling (even at my Dad's worst jokes), but she's also the best buddy I had always wished for :-)