A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Light and Fluffy Birthday Post

Where did I leave off yesterday?

Oh, yes, the matchy girls.
They are so cute together.

Bri baked the cupcakes and did a lot of the assembly work.
She got the idea from an American Girl magazine.

Hannah applied the noses.

They had that home made look to them, lol.

But Hannah liked taking them to school and telling everyone she helped make them.

Eli cracked open a geode and gave it to her.  

And Josiah lit the candles on her cake.

Happy Birthday, baby girl!  

I tried to explain what a birthday is, and why we celebrate, but I'm still not sure she got it.  

Still, she understands presents

And enjoys them immensely.  

Brianna made Hannah an orange necklace because orange is her current favorite color.  

I got her this shirt with China and the city she's from on it.

And then she opened her big present.  

She's been asking for a bike since the weather warmed up and all the big kids have been riding around out front.  

Eli loves any opportunity to use his little green Swiss Army Knife.  

Daddy made quick work of the assembly, 

And then Eli helped her try to figure out how to pedal.
It's going to be a challenge, but I think if we attach her prosthetic foot to the pedal somehow it will be doable.  

After dinner, we made a stab at releasing a Chinese lantern.
This was our very first experience with them.

I bought a pack of them for Chinese New Year, but with the babies here, we never got around to doing them.

So, I decided we'd send our thoughts up to people on the other side of the world who might be thinking of Hannah on her birthday.  I traced her handprint on the lantern before we started.

Although we ended up not actually releasing the lantern because the wind kicked up, I think we learned how they work, so that next time (Autumn Moon Festival, hopefully) we try it, it will go better.

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