Good thing her mother pays attention to these things. Her birthday may have been ruined had it been something else.
Her daddy even surprised her and made it home for dinner (He is working out of town.). She had been asking him if he would FaceTime during dinner so he could share her birthday dinner with us. (She chose ham and rice and peas.) He told her he would do his best. Then he just strolled around the corner with a dozen roses behind his back. She saw him first and launched at him exclaiming, "DADDY!" It was precious and I may have just sat there on the verge of tears.
There is a lot going on in our lives right now, but a little blond girl's birthday is really important. And as far as I can tell, with a horseback ride in the morning and her daddy showing up for her dinner and her uncle and aunt and cousin and grandma and grandpa and mom and siblings helping her celebrate by eating homemade ice cream, she is one special little girl.
She is also a beautiful little girl. Inside and out. We love our little Violet. And we look forward to watching her grow into the beautiful young lady we see budding behind those blue eyes.