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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Olivia S!

Today is Olivia's 1st birthday and we decided to honor her with a big celebration with all of our friends and family at a local Ethiopian restaurant. It was so much fun to share our love for Ethiopia with everyone! Over 50 people came! Here are some pictures of the great party!

Here is the awesome cake my friend Ashley made!

AJ and Jeanne came in their Africa attire!

The boys ran around like crazy! Jackson is wearing his BIG BRO shirt!

This is half of the room we reserved.

My mom and me opening presents.

Beautiful bunny.

CUTE tea set!

My friend Wendy and her girls made Olivia a build-a-bear lamb!

Paul took this picture right before we both blew out the candles.

Then the waitresses sang Happy Birthday to Olivia in Amharic! It was amazing!

We are so happy to have Olivia in our lives and can not wait to bring her home! Our paperwork is still messed up but I am hoping that will be resolved this week. Please continue to pray for our case and our court date on June 4th!

We love you baby girl!


neely said...

what a fun idea to have a party in honor of her...plus that is a super sweet cake...

Troy said...

what a perfect way to celebrate your girl's bday.

happy birthday olivia! can't wait to meet you!

Tisha said...

What a great idea!! Such cute gifts. I am sure it helped to get your mind off from things, if just for one night. I pray you get everything worked out next week.

Kristi J said...

oh, this made me cry..I think i must be a little emotional today...too sweet....love the cake, kj

Blog Shmog said...

Aw, that is really sweet of everyone to celebrate her birthday like that!! Happy Birthday to your sweet baby girl!

Amber said...

So awesome! That cake is unreal!!

Love it. Soon you will be with her in real life.

nell ann said...

That is so sweet! I could just melt. The cake is precious, too, by the way. It's so fun you got an update right after that -- like a present for you! : )