Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Happy Birthday Mia!

This is Mia's first Birthday at home!
(She chose a gumball machine).

We were unable to celebrate it in our traditional way sooooo...
 we got creative!

And visited a local pottery painting store!

This is one of the many perks of homeschooling!

All of the children picked out a bank to paint!
Melissa has a tiara!

Ava has a donut!

And Sam has a monster truck!

Abby has a crown!

And Sarah has an ice cream sundae!

Ellie chose a hamburger!

Luke has a motorcycle!

And Anna has a traditional piggy bank... that happened to play in the mud!

When they were all done we placed them on a center table...
it was my job to make sure no one broke any of them!

They were all intact when we left!
They will be glazed and ready for pick up in 2 weeks!

We ate lunch out and hung around home...
until Daddy got home 

Mia's Birthday gift!

She was so thrilled!
 I am thankful to have gotten these pics!

She was truly surprised and very happy to have her first(very own) bicycle!

Our dear children have no idea how to accept a gift and then how to treat it once they have received it.

Sadly, they feel undeserving...

I remember everything we gave Sarah she gave to someone else.
They have no idea how to appropriately thank someone for a gift. 
And they do not know how to use it or take care of it once they have received it.

We actually role played how to say "thank you".
She did a good job throughout the day saying thank you but after her birthday forgot that she even had a bike.

In the evening we went to our very favorite restaurant!

Once we adopted more than 4 kiddos we stopped going here- so for most of them, this was a new experience! 

It was Japanese food cooked on the habachi grill!

It was quite the show and very funny!
Happy Birthday Mia!
We are so very happy to be your parents!

So sorry, big kids... we forgot to tell you we were going to your favorite restaurant!

We'll do it another time ;-) !


McChesney Family said...

Such precious children.

Wendy said...

Just have to comment. My daughter does not get it with gifts either. They tend to overwhelm her. Totally understand. I am a biker and to see her forget she has a new bike....and a "specialized" bike is kind of funny. You made me laugh. Just shows for these children, it is not about the material things....it is really all about having a family. When my daughter was 10, she had to write a story for school about her favorite place to go....she wrote "while some people might like to go to an amusement park or a favorite restaurant, I like to be in my home....." Happy birthday Mia!!! The best gift is a family!!!

Amanda said...

Happy Birthday beautiful Mia!!!!

Sarah said...

Oh, her facial expressions when she got her bike are priceless, though. It's obvious that she was so excited! Happy birthday, precious girl!!

Hanna said...

Happy birthday Mia! Love to see her looking so happy on her special birthday :)

Jennie said...

Mia is a beautiful girl. She has really blossomed within your family. I've said it before and will say it again - your blog is always a good read!

Vicky said...

Happy Birthday to Mia! Love her smile! My girls have "regifted" so many of their things! It is nice to know that this isn't unique to them.

My girls love our local paint and clay. I love watching them create their masterpieces. They recently did Christmas ornaments with their hand prints!

Praying for a smooth transition during your move!

Sherri said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIA !! What a beautiful girl you are.

Joy in Belgium said...

Such a beautiful young lady! I have just recently started reading your blog and would like to tell you what a beautiful family you have. Such handsome young men and beautiful young ladies. Your family is blessed!

Sally-Girl! said...

Happy Happy Birthday Mia!!! What a treasure you are to your family!!!

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

Happy Birthday Mia! Wishing you a fantastic year ahead!

Erin Schmidt said...

Happy Birthday Mia! She is just glowing and has really blossomed since being home!

Sue said...

The smile on Mia's face is priceless. It is amazing what some love did. Happy birthday my precious child