Thursday, July 30, 2015

Our July Birthdays!

We have four July birthdays!

Emma, Ellie and Joey each have b-days consecutively in July!
Our "daughter in love" Caitlin has a b-day a few days before these three!

The two girls LOVE their birthday celebration!
They missed out on so many birthdays while they were in China.

And this little guy is completely loving life!
He has memory issues... 
so I told him we could not celebrate his birthday until he remembered the date!

Needless to say, he remembered it immediately!

Because they get soooo incredibly excited for their birthday they also can get easily disappointed.
We try to manage the day wisely so they enjoy it without any disappointment.
We gave them a play by play on how they day would go.

We went boating in the morning and had a picnic lunch on the boat.
Many of the kids jumped in the lake and swam!
Ellie did but Emma did not - for safety reasons.
As long as she knew what was happening she was okay with it!

She was just so tickled that it was her birthday party and that she had presents!

I have to make sure all the presents are even between these two!
They notice!

They really did well this year!
We celebrated on a Sunday.
The next day, Monday was Ellie's bday.
Then Emma's and then Joey's bday.

For the sake of the parents sanity 
we did not celebrate on all three days 
but instead had left over cake and just had a great day!

We also had to explain why Joey's boxes were bigger.
Little boys like large pieces of plastic ;-)
While teen girls like clothes, jewelry and crafts!

Thank you Auntie Barb and big bro Billy and Johnny for joining the celebration!

Hubby insisted on putting 15, 13 and 7 candles on the cakes!
I was thinking we should put a few less on there so we didn't have a fire hazard!
But they loved it and it went well!

They each got to order their own cake!
Emma and Joey chose chocolate cake and Ellie chose ice cream cake.

They so deserve to be celebrated!
We are so thankful they are home!

Sometimes, as a busy Mom of many I go through the motions and do all that needs to be done for the birthday party.
It's not until I look back and 
I see the complete joy on their faces 
that I realize what a beautiful moment this is!

Blog readers often ask how we can only eat one cake with so many people!
Well, this time we had three cakes so we had plenty for everyone!

Make your wish!

C'mon Emma!
Blow out those candles!
Sam wants to see how many boyfriends you have!
And if she doesn't do it quickly Sarah is going to do it for her!

Joey is rockin those roller blades!

Praise YOU Lord Jesus!
Thank you for you many blessings! 


Lisa and Tate said...

It touches me to see the happiness and joy in Emma's face. When I see this I cannot help but remember what it was like in China with her.

Sarah said...

Three beautiful children! I love the photos of them in front of their cakes. They look so happy!

Mary DeGennaro said...

They all look so happy but the complete joy on Emma's face in every picture is a testimony to how far she has come!!!! It warms my heart and brings me to tears!!! So grateful to God for placing her in your family!!!

Tina Michelle said...

Love this! Love it all. I love how you show how to make each of your little ones feel loved in a big family. I see the happiness in their faces. I just adore your blog. :)