Party like a three year old turning four

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I think we’re still recovering from our marathon – birthday party weekend.  But it was alot of fun and memories made so it’s worth the exhaustion!

Angel’s party was on Sunday and we decided to have it at our church to minimize the work.  And honestly, I had no intention of cleaning my house after getting back from Pat’s half-marathon and so that was the least expensive solution.  My parents, sister and sister-in-law came early to help decorate and get set up and as usual they are such a huge blessing to us!

We had the party in the Youth Room and it has a pool table, foosball table, air hockey and carpet ball. Lots of fun interesting stuff to keep the kids entertained!  But just in case we also brought some of the kids’ toys – Angel’s Barbies and ponies, Caleb’s cars and trucks and their dress up clothes.

After letting the kids (and adults) play for a bit we sang Happy Birthday and opened presents. It was at about this time that I thought Angel was going to meltdown. But she made it through and got a second wind just in time to eat.  After eating it was more play time and then picture time. I missed a few people because our camera decided to die!

Angel and Aunt Leana playing dress-up.

My cousin’s little girl Mia in the horse costume. So cute!

My other cousin’s kids, Janai and Noah playing air hockey.

Issac in red boots!

Caleb, Aunt Leana and Papa being silly!

Hanging out waiting for pizza!

Friends and neighbors Jeni, Jaci and Dani playing foosball.

After opening presents we sang Happy Birthday and Angel blew out her candles. There were a few friends who had to leave early so wanted to get this in before they had to leave.

The pinata! Every kid had a chance to hit the pinata a few times. Then one of the older boys, Daniel gave it a good couple of hits and broke it open just a bit. Angel (with a little help from mama) was able to finish it off. It was so much fun, especially when it broke open and all the kids DOVE for candy!

Soon after the pizza arrived and we prayed for our Angel girl.

(No, Pat wasn’t cutting in front of the kids. Just getting pizza for the birthday girl. :))

Our theme was Tangled and so we had the movie playing during the party.  This was a big hit especially while we ate pizza and cake.

The woman who God used… Kim is our dear friend and was our adoption social worker. It was her decision to send us the email about Angel even though she was so high risk.  We are forever grateful that she trusted in God’s leading.  Here she is with her fabulous kids, Daniel, Anna and Issac.

My amazing friend and one of Angel’s God-parent, Liz!  When you look at the kids’ favorite people list, she’s pretty high up there.

My cousins Jessi and Sarah with their kiddos. SO glad they were able to come. We live in the same town and are always saying how we need to get together.

Our precious Angel with our precious Janai.  LOVE that these girls love each other so much!

Hey, where’s mom and dad and big sister? Stinkers, they weasled their way out the picture! 🙂 Well, here’s Angel’s friends Ember and Ezra.  You will often hear Angel say, “Let’s go to Ember’s house!”

Our dear friends Pastor Kirk and Gloria.  Gloria was Angel’s babysitter for her first 2 years (and now one of her teachers!). They are such a blessing to us!

Our friends Naarah and Eloise (whose mommy also snuck out of the picture :)).

Neighbors and friends Michelle, Dani, Jeni and Jaci.  You will often find Caleb in the morning in his underwear sneak out to the back door and yell out for Jeni and Jaci to come play.  Poor girls aren’t sure what to do with him!

Angel with Grandma Barb and Daddy!

Our nieces Erica and Amanda.

My family! (Or part of it anyway.)  Back at our house after the party, Caleb conked out before we even left the church parking lot.  Which meant Angel got some one-on-one time with Mommy, Daddy and my family.  And she got her second third wind running up and down the sidewalk with her new pinwheel.

I’m so thankful Caleb fell asleep because the time we had with Angel after her party was precious. We looked at all her great presents (so blessed!) and played with her new Tangled toys. And of course had to show all her toys to Peanut, who is taking a second run at being in our family.

It was a great, awesome, BLESSED day!  But wait, there’s more! We still had her actual birthday, Monday, to do some celebrating!

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