Thursday, October 9, 2008

Oh to be 5!

Okay I have spent the last hour trying to figure out how to get the text under specific photos and can't seem to do it. So . . . all photos at top and explanation at bottom!

Saturday Miss Minli turned 5. She's been counting down the days for weeks. Friday night after she went to bed Ling and I built a quaint little princess tent in her room as a surprise. I had been planning it for several days. It turned out pretty cute. When we opened the door for her Saturday morning she turned to me and said "I love you!" She loved it for a little bit but it was quickly trumped by the guitar that Ling bought for her.

After we dropped Ling off for her Halloween card making class at the art gallery we went home to ice the birthday cupcakes. They turned out really cute but next time I make them I must remember to ice them once we get there. It was pretty comical with us trying to get them to the party upright in the car. Don't tell the party-goers but they tipped over more than once!

On the way to the party we had an interesting conversation in the car. Ling was telling me how she didn't like boys and how gross they were. I told her that she would probably change her mind some day. She asked me when that would be. I said probably when you're 14 or 15 or so. She said I don't think so. Minli chimed in and said "Oh I can't wait that long, I need one right now!" Look out boys!

After the birthday Ling got to go to a cooking class with other Chinese girls in the city. They made moon cakes, Chinese coleslaw and lettuce wraps. They didn't let the moms stay for the class but I did get to try some of their food when I picked her up and it was yummy.

Then we were off to pick out our gifts (Ling's birthday gift too) from Honey. And now we have these two new additions to the family -- Cookie & Caramel. They are really sweet. The dogs have yet to see them. I'm hoping to keep it that way.

On Sunday we had family birthdays. Minli got this darling puppet from Mema and Jetta but she was scared to death of it so Amy Jo got the play time with the puppet at the party. I'm hoping she learns to love it because it's so cute.

Normally the kids get an elaborately decorated birthday cake from Jetta but Minli's wish this year for her birthday was chicken enchiladas and pound cake with butter sauce. So Honey made this darling bee pound cake.

That night we celebrated at my sister's house. Then we were tired!!!

I snapped this photo of Ling swinging and I just love it. Such a sweet smile.

Way to Go Girl!

Last Friday I got to surprise Ling at their weekly assembly where they presented her with the "Student of the Month" award. She was very nonchalant about it all. But I was oh-so-proud of her. Way to go Ling!