I am realizing, belatedly, that I've neglected to load the photos of Q opening her birthday presents, on the morning before her party. These are not photos that can be neglected.
I took this shot of her beloved vintage suitcase, filled with two levels of gifts, just before she woke.
Here she is cracking the suitcase for the first time that morning.
...and her reaction.
A compass for exploring.
Two levels of gifts packed into the water-stained satin lining of her suitcase.
Her reaction. Priceless!
Opening the Dorothy/Glinda salt-and-pepper shakers that Daddy found for her.
One of our many "friendly" statues. I couldn't resist shooting a few photos around the house while it was all festive for her party.
Buddah-with-tophat, a watercolor of Rome that I did on location several years ago, and some cold-war-era magazine covers about communist China that we have framed on the walls.
Little-known fact: it took me seven coats and nearly a week to achieve the lacquer-red of our kitchen walls.
Paper pom-poms for the party.
Above our livingroom bookshelves.
Waiting for her party guests to arrive...