She also liked the breadsticks and my fettuccine alfredo.
After dinner, we went to Dairy Queen for a birthday treat. We all got Blizzards (they brought back my favorite--banana split--for the Blizzard's 25th birthday*) except Julianna who got a strawberry sundae. She ate the strawberries and a few bites of my Blizzard.
When we got home, we sang Happy Birthday over a Little Debbie powdered donut with two candles stuck in it. (Don't worry. She'll have a real cake on Sunday for her party. I just needed something to stick the candles in.)
And besides that, does she look like she minded a birthday donut?
Then she opened her presents. We got her the movie Mulan and a musical turtle toy. She loved the turtles! I had to convince her that it was their bedtime so that she would go to bed, too!
Notice how Adam got in on the action. And notice her concentration on her music complete with tongue sticking out and all. I'm telling you. This girl will be the 2026 American Idol. Just you wait and see.
So all in all I think Miss Julianna had a good golden birthday. And she doesn't even know that the fun will continue this weekend when we have the big party!
And one last picture of the birthday girl.
*And speaking of the Blizzard's 25th birthday, my mom called me just as I was getting in the car after enjoying my banana split Blizzard last night. She said, "You've been eating Blizzards for 25 years?!?!" I thought she must be driving by and saw us there. I asked her, "Where are you?" "I'm at home. Where are you?" she asked. "Umm, I'm at Dairy Queen eating Blizzards!" "You are not!!" "Yes, we are. We brought Julianna down for her birthday treat." "Well, dad and I just saw a commercial for the Blizzard's 25th birthday and couldn't believe that you've been eating Blizzards for 25 years and just had to call." (First of all, I've only ever had maybe 25 Blizzards in my life. It's not like I eat them everyday. They were just remembering when they first came out and we liked them I guess.) Anyways, it was kind of weird that she called about Blizzards when I had just eaten a Blizzard. And mom thought it was hilarious!
Great. Now I want another Blizzard. Snickers this time, please.