Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Alyona's 12th Birthday

I know I did a post on Alyona and Alex's party a little ways back. However, I forgot to do the one where it was just Alyona.  See, on their actual birthday, we have a little celebration right after dinner.  They get to pick the cake they want me to make.  They also have the decision to either open their presents from us that day or wait till their actual party day.  Here's some pics from that day.

 Alyona, watching in amazement as the candles are lit. 

Do you think she's happy with her choice of chocolate on chocolate cake?  I make their cakes.  Box cake, homemade icing.  Used to work for a bakery.  When the kids were younger I would put designs on them.  Older, easier as they want it plain.  Hey, makes my job easier.  One year one of them requested an Oreo Cake.  

 Alyona was really excited about the size of her gifts this year.  Two big boxes.  Above she's getting ready to open her card.  We try to pick simple cards out that she can read. 

Very focused on trying to read her card.  Very proud of her for wanting to read.  

 Do you think she's happy with her baby dolls??  I must say, she really wasn't expecting them. 

 When she found out she was getting not one,but two baby dolls to love, she was in heaven.  She plays with her baby dolls everyday. 

Such a caring little doll herself!  We always do just a little family celebration the day of their birthday.  Just us.  Celebrating them.  I know many will say why get your 12 yo daughter baby dolls.  Because that is what she loves the most.  We know she is 12yo.  We also know, she is mentally more of a 4yo.  We are very happy with where she is.  She belongs right where she is and is doing great right where she is. And you know what?  Next year for her 13th birthday, if she still wants baby dolls, that may be just what she gets.  I for one am thrilled that she loves imaginative play.  It's not us holding her back from growing up.  It is us allowing her to grow up at her own pace and we feel that is important.  

So, that was our little family celebration for her.  Can't believe she'll be a teenager next year. Yikes!  Well, need to get another pile of things done today.  Ready to tackle the day.  Sinus pain or not.  Going to be about 100 again today.  Think kids and I will stay put and work on some baking around the house.  That and cleaning.  My kids are watching Dr. Who downstairs right now.  Still have no idea why they like that old show.  They watched that after Bob the Builder.  Enjoy your week everyone.  Max is out helping with Missions Week this week too as they're doing landscaping and such.  Mower man will be at it again.  See, Max isn't one much for crowds.  The people at the church know this and know Max is kind of in his own world and likes to be an introvert.  This allows him to be in his own world still yet participate w/ a group.  I love how our church is accomodating of our kids' needs.  Irina is still at Missions Week.  They called to tell me she worked so hard yesterday.  So proud of her.  Yana really is loving cross country.  Excited and can't wait to go to the first meet.  Teens seem to be doing okay and getting involved in things lately.  Like it.  See, with them all having FAS, we can not let them get too involved in too many things or it will fall apart.  This (what they're doing) is really great for them.   They can not have packed schedules or it won't work.  Too much stimulation for FAS kids never ends well.  I love that they've found their niche and we're all going with it.   Boy, did this post get sidetracked.  I'm horrible for that.  Sorry.  I'll have to one day do an FAS post for sure.  Just needed a picture post today.  There's been too  much of me talking lately and I'm sure you're bored with that.  More to come.

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