Our hearts were filled with joy to see our little girl celebrate her birthday with us. She had experienced one birthday celebration before in her life when all of the children at her orphanage had a joint birthday party. She doesn’t remember another birthday.
The excitement had been building for well over a week. Each morning she would run to the refrigerator to count the days on the big calendar until her birthday would be here. Our children get a “friends party” when they are five, ten and fifteen. We started that tradition years ago and it has worked well for us because it allows us to really enjoy doing a big bash for one of our children. For a long time we had only one “friends party” each year. Since K. had already missed her fifth birthday with us, she had a very simple “friends party” last Friday. A., I. and one of A’s friends oversaw the games which they planned themselves. Then K. opened her gifts and did an excellent job remembering to thank each person. We had practiced earlier in the day. All of the excitement was followed by cupcakes and ice cream.
Then she had to wait through the weekend for her real birthday. The morning began with the sweet cereal she had chosen. She picked homemade pizza and soda for dinner and chocolate cake with ice cream for dessert. She also asked to invite her three favorite “grown ups” to join us. We had a fun, fast-paced evening. She was very excited to receive more gifts! She had asked for a doll and I am so glad I got one for her because she was thrilled.
This is K’s “I’m so excited, I can hardly stand it” expression.
Over the years, we have gotten a monogrammed duffle for each of our children. They are super handy when we travel and best of all, they take up very little space when we store them. K’s favorite color is yellow.
One of K’s friends planned a cute game for her “friends party”. She made a “pin the dress on K. game”. C. is holding two of the little dresses they taped on the doll.
Our glamorous girl!
Thank you for sharing in our happiness.
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