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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Turning 4 is a blast...literally!

The whole family got together today to celebrate Lauren's birthday.

It started out with all of us going to church which she loved because her whole class sang "Happy Birthday" to her! And she was thrilled to see an old friend, Sophia, that was also adopted from China.

We all sat 'round while she opened her gifts.

Aunt Tracy showed up with more gifts!
If you look close you can see that instead of giving her Aunt a hug, Lauren has snatched
the giant ball out of her hands and is running for third base!

"I think we should do this everyday!"

Steph got into the spirit of things!

Matt and his girlfriend CJ, looking a little tired after just returning from New York this morning.
Matt has been at the American Comedy Institute attending a training seminar and audition for their year long school- which he was accepted for! So he will be leaving for New York in September, more on that later....

"Grandma, I just love you!"

OK, so here's the cake story...
Mark and I took her out to pick out a cake.
There were princess cakes, flower cakes, cakes with butterflies and beautiful decorations...but does Lauren want them...NOOOOO.
She picks the only monster cake in the bakery!
She cracks me up that girl!

I have about a 100 pictures of her blowing out the candles because she enjoyed this part so much, we lit the candles and sang "Happy Birthday" 4 times.
Yes, we're weird,
but we're happy, how about you?!! :)
More blowing!
(Actually, I am always a little touched when she blows out a candle
because when she came home to us she could not blow at all due to the cleft palate,
so every blow does a little something to my heart.)

What 4 year old's birthday would be complete without dangerous fireworks
and hap-hazard sons playing with them?
Yes, that is a bottle rocket flying out from his hand.
DON'T try this at home please.
And really- don't try this....
they set one in my flowers but it didn't lift off
so it blew my flowers to smithereeens!
Notice the smoke wafting out of the lovely watering can.

Then my son ran away like a little boy and drove
his scared little buns to the store to buy me new flowers LOL!!

It was a very good day, and the passed out child on my bed is living proof of it!!

Happy Birthday sweet darling, we love you!!


Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAUREN!! Great pictures, what a good time everyone is having.Love the finish, sound asleep in your bed, how sweet:)

Susan said...

What a sweet fun post!!! Happy Birthday to your precious, Lauren.

Beth Cotell said...

Happy birthday, Lauren!

And a monster cake is so much cooler than a princess cake!

Anonymous said...

We can't wait to celebrate with you!!!!

Your Buddies & their Mommy

Monkey Giggles said...

Happy Birthday to Lauren!

I love all your pictures. Monster cake yummy. I also noticed she got a dump truck.

Praise and Coffee said...

:) Yes Hope, she's a digger!

Natalie said...

what a wonderful day!

that is funny about your flowers : )


Cathy said...

Happy Birthday to pretty little Lauren! She certainly had a big party. Oh, her monster cake does look kind of pretty. She must like blue. And your flowers are pretty.

Darlene said...

Happy Birthday Lauren! I love the pictures and the cake looks YUMMY!

Congrats on your son making the school!
My daughter leaves in about month for college and I am excited and sad.


Amrita said...

Happy birthday Lauran. The monster cake sure didn 't scare anyone. LOL.

The photos are so pleasing.

Alesia said...

Happy Birthday to Lauren!

Oh, what a precious, precious day.

Thanks for sharing, Sue.

Sandy said...

A very loved little girl.
Beautiful - and happy bday Lauren!

Kim said...

Happy Birthday Lauren!

Sue-your family looks way to grown up! She looks like she had a great day! Loved the cake!

Have a great day! Love ya!

Praise and Coffee said...

I know! I'm way too young for these kids! :)

Denise C said...

Happy Happy Birthday to your little sweetie!!! OH what a fun day she enjoyed!!!
She is such a little doll!!!
Love all the pictures...especially the cake!!!!
Thanks for sharing such a special day!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing your son gets his sense of humor from you. I think I'm right too! Happy Birthday Lauren! I don't mean to laugh at your misfortune but I found your flower fiasco hilarious. Sorry! Don't hate me because I'm beautiful!

Praise and Coffee said...

LOL! I won't hate you! :)

LadySnow said...

Happy Birthday Lauren! Looks like it was a wonderful day. :D

Melissa in Mel's World said...

Happy Birthday Dear have blessed us all by watching you grow up before our eyes.

Sweet Blessings on the family guys are truly SPECIAL!!

Love ya girl,

Edie said...

Happy Birthday Lauren! Thank you for sharing it with us. It looks like God has given you a wonderfully fun and loving family.

Loved the flower pot mishap! I was a bit suprised to find that you were camera ready for the smokey scene but a bit disappointed that there was no shot of the smithereens part. :D

Looks like a great day! Rich Blessings ~

Praise and Coffee said...

Yes Edie, I did get laughed at for grabbing the camera first!

The plant has actually recovered well so now I have two!

Scarlet said...

If only you could do this every day...what wonderful photos!

Anonymous said...

God's Blessings, Lauren! You are obviously soooooooooooo loved!

Sharon Lynne said...

What a fun birthday!

And fireworks too!

Looking forward to hearing about your son's opportunity. That sounds quite exciting.

a Tonggu Momma said...

This looks like SUCH a wonderful day!!! Our daughter was sick on her fourth birthday, so our pictures looked... ummm... a tad different. LOL. Glad Lauren had such a wonderful day!

A Stone Gatherer said...

What a great birthday she had! Happy Belated Birthday Lauren!!!!

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