Happy birthday to Adeline for yesterday! We didn't take many photos of her party on Wednesday night, but here are a few. 16 adults and 11 kids helped her celebrate. The party had a really relaxed and bubbly atmosphere. Some memorable moments:
Being a helper down (Nepo came down with malaria; he's fine now), being without running water for most of the day and losing power as we cooked. Thankfully the cake had just come out of the oven when the power went out and my friend Dianne rescued me by pitching in with cooking and baking the hamburger bread rolls in her gas oven. I was very grateful!
Despite all the things that didn't go smoothly (my scales ran out of batteries, the cake fell apart and I iced it back together...etc) it was a really relaxed and great time together because what mattered most is that we could celebrate it with people who love Adeline. They didn't care about whether there was a cake or what not!
Adeline was unbelievably excited about the whole thing, bubbling with happiness. She woke up from her afternoon nap, saw the cake sitting on the bench, and despite it's broken state giggled happily saying, "It's my birthday!". She didn't care how it looked and that made me very pleased.
Adeline opened each gift like it was a cave of wonders and thanked the giver with hugs and broad smiles. I was proud of her.
The kids put on a show for all the grownups at their own instigation. It's the first time they've done that; great fun! Made me think of my own childhood.
We all sang happy birthday, and as soon as the song ended 2 year-old Jean-Baptist blew out the candles. Hilarious! I lit the candles again and Adeline sang herself happy birthday before blowing them out.
Adeline woke up the next morning still glowing.
Happy birthday to our gorgeous little toddler!