*Loves to wear dresses, earrings, hairbows, hair braids (and beads), and all things "girly"
*Enjoys playing make-believe games with Eli - usually ones that involve taking out every stuffed animal in the house
*Favorite foods are pizza, macaroni, and chicken nuggets
*Likes "cooking" us food with sand or play-doh
*Can make-up a song about pretty much anything
*Is scared of bugs, snakes, and her closet being open at night
*Can't wait to take ballet classes someday
*Usually content to go with the flow and willing to take risks and try new things
*Enthralled by Disney princesses
*Loves going to church, learning about Jesus, and saying her prayers :)
We had a wonderful time celebrating Mikayla's 4th birthday this past week. I remember last year sending her paper dolls and a card across the ocean... what a difference a year makes.
Many times people comment on what a lucky little girl she is, but the truth is that WE are the lucky ones. Mikayla is a gift from God and we are privileged that He has entrusted her to us. On this special day we celebrated her birth - even though it was not something we were a part of. We remembered her birthmother, with heartfelt gratitude. And we praised God for His faithfulness to her and to us as we know this birthday is the beginning of many to come, and it is by His love and grace that we are bound together, forever, as FAMILY.
Though this was Mikayla's 4th birthday, this was her FIRST birthday with us, and she was so excited for the day to arrive (especially after witnessing Eli's birthday back in February!). She asked me almost everyday if there would be presents for her, and if she would have a cake. She almost couldn't believe that it all actually came true and she had those things :)
We started off the morning the way she wanted to - opening presents!
Mikayla is truly a "girly girl" and loved receiving some new jewelry, a Cinderella doll, a pink piggy bank, a tutu, a "girl" train, and a cute new outfit! Eli was so supportive and happy for her to open her presents. He commented nicely on each thing she opened, and was happy to smile right along with her for all of the pictures I was taking. I love that my kiddos LOVE EACH OTHER!
We then headed off to IHOP for some birthday pancakes!
Fun times at Jump Street! Tramplines & bounce houses, what could be better?
The birthday excitement continued the following day as we met some extended family members for dinner at Red Robin followed by cake, ice cream, and of course.... more presents!
Mikayla has wanted a Princess Tiana dress since our visit to Disneyland in June. We told her she could ask for it for her birthday... and she has, almost everyday! She finally got to open (see the picture above) and we have had Princess Tiana running around our house ever since!
And of course... what could be more fitting than a Princess Tiana CAKE!