We were able to give the two girls their dream gift - American Girl dolls. My older daughter has one, and was just as excited as the birthday girls, so they can play together.
I saw my oldest daughter struggle with jealousy, as the birthday girls were taken out to dinner, and she wasn't included. I gave her a little pep talk about the birthday parties she has had, and each child is different, and to be happy for her sisters. She went to her room, and when we left she said good bye with a forced smile, then into the bathroom.
Before bedtime, I told her I had noticed her struggle, and was pround how long and hard she fought her jealousy. She said it had been difficult, and I told her what strength she had achieved by her struggle. A smile arrived, a real smile, and we were able to end the day with all the kids happy for the birthday girls and no rough feelings. A victory!!!