Elliott bought a tiny cake for her and put candles in it, and we hung our birthday banner and wore birthday hats. She kept pointing to the cake and saying "that's my happy half birthday!" We had a lot of fun. Sweet O(5) wrapped up one of her miniature American Girl dolls (Josephina) and a quarter for E for her half birthday. She was SO proud and excited to give E this special gift, and I was touched by her kindness and generosity.
In addition to the cake, we ate half ice-cream sandwiches and started talking in half sentences. O thought the half sentences were hilarious and then frustrating...it was all pretty funny to Elliott and I. We have found that we are laughing and enjoying lots of crazy little things (like being silly and talking in half sentences). This keeps us laughing instead of crying and is good for the kids...we don't want this to be a traumatic or stressful time for them.