August 25 is a special day in our lives. It is the day we celebrate Lexi's birthday. When there is no note found with abandoned children in China, it is up to the director of the orphanage to choose a birthday for the child. Lexi's birth mother never celebrated a birthday with her after she was born. Lexi was left at a hospital in the middle of the night at about 8 months of age. Having said that, I am most certain that "China Mommy" thinks of Lexi on her actual birthdate, when ever that may be. That day must be etched in stone forever in the heart of her birth mother. We are so very grateful for the decision that Lexi's birth mother made in giving her a chance at life and in doing so she gave us such a wonderful gift.
As Lexi's birthday was on a Saturday we were able to have her 4th birthday party with friends on the same day. This was something very new to Lexi as last year on her 3rd birthday we kept it to just the four of us. The year before that on her 2nd birthday, Lexi was with foster Mama and we sent some birthday gifts for their celebration as it was just a few months before we brought her home. Lexi's first birthday was spent in the orphanage. We know nothing of that celebration other then she had just been there a few months.
This year, things felt different. Lexi has been anticipating her birthday for months and counting down the days to her celebration. The birthday girl woke up happily and enjoyed her new scooter while she waited for her party guests to arrive.
We kept Lexi's celebration simple in hopes that she would better enjoy it. She invited 7 friends and we played a few games before cake time.
|A lovely group of friends to celebrate with!|
|... with Ella & Bella in charge.|
|Lexi was not quite sure what to make of it all but she went with the flow most of the time.|
|After climbing Magic Mountain, Greta is excited for her first treasure!|
|Lexi, Mala and the others anxiously await to learn what is the next stop on the map.|
|Lexi, Samnang & Elvira marching off to Balloon Lake.|
|Lucy, Gracie & Clemmie excited to find Coconut Path!|
|Happy Birthday Lexi!!!!|
Zum Geburtstag Viel Gluk Lexi!!!
Zhu Ni Sheng Ri Quai Le Xi Xiu!!!
|Feeling much more at ease after much of the "hoop-a-la" with Greta & Lucy|
|Doctor play with Elvira & Samnang|
|Enjoying a magical birthday gift from Gracie|