The day I picked out for these Day in the Life images was a day in late August when my twin girls turned 5.5. As you may know, turning 5.5 is a VERY big deal and I wanted to make this half birthday very special for them. It turned out to be a very action packed day – which is not very typical for us. So welcome to the craziness that was my girls’ 5.5 year old birthday!
I usually go to the gym in the morning and since my daughters’ school has not started, I take them with me. But the morning of their half birthday I decided to skip the gym and instead have a leisurely breakfast at home.
I am a Facebook addict (if there is an FB Anonymous I should probably join!), so one of the first things I do in the morning is check what my FB friends have been up to:
Then, as she frequently does, one of my girls came to visit me in bed – with her blanket, a ladybug pillow and her stuffed animals in tow of course:
We hung out for a bit till her sister woke up, and then Alexa was off to far more exciting things than spending time with Mommy – i.e. playing with her new princess dolls with Mia:
After convincing them that the time has indeed come to make their beds, get dressed and have breakfast, Alexa got sidetracked pretending to fight off dragons using her straw as a sword
before finally getting ready and making her bed:
Breakfast usually is a very simple affair in our house – cereal and a fruit/vegetable smoothy. I love love love my blender (Vitamix) – it is my favorite kitchen gadget and by far the best money I ever spent! But I digress…
In honor of the girls half birthday I decided to add something special – namely animal waffles! And since I am not very crafty I had to rely on the help of the Internet to find detailed instructions on how to make them:
While I was creating my masterpiece in the kitchen, the girls were busy creating their own masterpieces with crayons and coloring books:
Although they took a while to make and looked not much like what I saw online, I took a lot of pride in my animal waffles and the girls’ reaction was definitely worth the time I put into creating them:
My Mother-in-law came over to accompany us for furniture shopping for my brand new natural light photo studio. But before we headed out, she got caught up in a game with the girls – there were lots of stuffed animals in the air!
While furniture shopping I snuck in a few selfies:
Tried to take a few pictures of my girls but Alexa did not want anything to do with me and my camera and after about 2 seconds Mia gave me the universal ‘no more pictures!’ gesture…
Half-Birthday girls had a long discussion on what they wanted to do for lunch, weighing pros and cons of every restaurant/cuisine I proposed, eventually settling for an Indian restaurant:
After a yummy meal, I saw another mirror and snuck in another selfie on the way out:
I promised the girls that we would do something special so I took them to Build-A-Bear. We have more bears than we know what to do with, so this time around they decided to build Twilight Sparkles – their favorite from My Little Pony.
They took creating their Twilight Sparkles very seriously – and followed directions (including rubbing the hearts to their noses and making a wish for their pets) to the T.
Once we got home, I did some editing:
while the girls watched My Little Pony with their new pets:
By then I was exhausted so decided to take a shortcut and instead of baking two cakes, I figured that it would only be appropriate if the girls celebrate their half birthdays with a half cake (instead of a full cake) each. The girls (and their Twilight Sparkles) were great helpers:
An impromptu dance party broke out in the family room when Daddy came home from work:
And after dinner there were two half cakes, two sets of 6 (for good luck!) candles, two well thought-out wishes and two happy 5.5 year old girls:
After the festivities were over I left my very capable husband in charge of the girls, and headed out to a client viewing and ordering session:
And after seeing my clients laugh and cry upon viewing their images and helping them pick out two beautiful wall collages, I headed home. The house was quiet, both my husband and the girls asleep. Exhausted, I relaxed out in front of a TV with my good friend, Facebook. I was sad that I did not get a chance to spend much time with my husband but we did remedy that the following day.
Overall, it was an EXHAUSTING (took me several days to recover) but very fun filled half birthday!
Lena Antaramian, New Jersey
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Lena Antaramian of Live Love Laugh Photos is an award-winning photographer who specializes in children and family portraiture out of Ridgewood, New Jersey and also services New York Metro area. She is known for combining lifestyle and fine art photography and capturing candid moments in a timeless fashion. She is a mom to two very different but equally amazing twin girls and a wife to a smart and funny man. She is a self proclaimed bag addict who loves her extensive bag collection, as well as books, dogs, dark chocolate and sunny spring days.