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Allison's 5th Birthday Celebration

Hard to believe that our little Allison is already 5 years old.  Because of logistics, the party celebrating the event was held a few days earlier.  Family and friends gathered at the Faust Park Carousel to join in the celebration.  Fun place, fun time. 

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A major treat!  The kids and accompanying adults get to ride the carousel as often as they want.  I observed some of the parents taking rides without the kids in tow.  Hmmmm....
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Allison switches from the carriage to the horse for ride number two.  She is trying to convince Dad that she really doesn't need someone watching her while riding this rig at breakneck speed. 
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Big sister Summer takes her turn keeping an eye on the Birthday girl.
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Summer as hostess makes sure that visitors were comfortably seated.  Here Jessica and daughter McKennah are bracing themselves for the ride of their lives.
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Safer ground in one of the carriages.
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Allison was a busy girl that day.  There were a lot of young girls and boys in attendance.  She still found time to pose with her Grandpa.
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The birthday cake.  Not to worry!  That stuff in the bottom of the pictures was perfectly safe and edible (I think).
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Allison is making sure.
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Getting a little boost from Mom to get closer to the candles.  Even a 5 year old needs help every once in a while.
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Finally!  It was time to open all those presents.  Friends are on hand to evaluate the booty and offer advice.