Lila's 4th birthday was on Tuesday, January 31st. Four years is so unbelievable. It just does not seem possible that it has been that long and we still miss her as much as we did four years ago. The past three years, we had some people over on Lila's birthday but since it was on a Tuesday this year, we decided to do something different. We thought of several places that we went while Jenny was pregnant with her that were memorable. We picked four places to go visit and sprinkle glitter to celebrate Lila on her birthday. We went to Simmons Farm, where we picked out pumpkins in the October that Jenny was pregnant with Lila. We visited our old apartment where we lived when Jenny was pregnant with Lila and when she was born. We went to the North Shore of Pittsburgh by the stadiums. I ran the Turkey Trot that Thanksgiving and Jenny sat on a bench and had a nice conversation with a homeless man while watching me run. For some reason the bench was no longer there so we took a picture of where it used to be. And finally we went to Phipps Conservatory where we saw the Christmas lights display in the December before Lila was born. At each location, we sprinkled glitter. That was definitely Eve's favorite part and there are heaps of glitter at all four locations.
This was therapeutic for us and it was helpful for us to have something to on Lila's 4th birthday. That night we went out and got lobster rolls downtown. There is nothing special about lobster rolls, we just really wanted them since they were something really different than what we are used to. Eve was also singing songs from "Frozen" very loudly at dinner so she helped us out in her own way. Even though we did things differently this year and we were a little nervous that it would be more difficult, we were still able to remember and celebrate Lila on her birthday. - Mike