Thursday, January 03, 2008

Happy Birthday!!!







Last night we celebrated the girls 2nd birthday, their first in the USA. As a result, we combinded traditions from China and the US into this small party.
The girls have been blessed with a wonderful extended family and friends. As a result, they received numerous gifts for Christmas. With their birthday just a week after Christmas, we told everyone no gifts for this small party. The reason we call this a small party is because we only invited our parents, Tony's Grandmother and brothers/sisters. We went to one of our favorite eating establishments, Joe's Pizza, for their small party.

As you will see in the pictures, the party had no "theme". The girls have not connected with a favorite cartoon character or etc... They do like watching monster trucks and like our dog and cat. As a result, the cake had monster trucks, the plates/napkins had dogs on them and the balloons had cats on them, all things they easily recognize.

Other than the extreme cold outside, it was fun inside. The girls had a great time. We made them individual cakes (a US first birthday tradition). Since the girls don't like having their hands dirty, it took a little encouragement for them to dig in. After eating cake, Tony's grandmother gave the girls jade that we purchased in China. It is tradition in China for the oldest family member to give jade to the child after 100 days, 1 year or 16 years of age. Since this was their first US birthday, they received their jade this year. It was a fun birthday party. We may try to have a 2 1/2 year party later in the year for everyone.

The girls continue to do extremely well. The are VERY active, are learning more and more every day. We still get questions amost daily regarding their ability to communicate with us. Rest assured, they know more english then some adult Americans...well that is an exaggeration, but they are SMART little girls and are adapting just fine. We crack-up laughing at their new faces, attitudes, gestures and etc. every day. They are so darn cute.

Enjoy the pictures (can you tell who wrote this post?). We'll try to keep updates coming on a more regular basis. Have a good day and a Happy New Year!


They love black olives!



Hangin' out before the party....


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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRLS!!!!!
I am so glad you girls made it home for Christmas and your birthdays. Your mommy and daddy waited a very long time to share these precious moments with you.
Sarah Latello

IzzyBeth said...

Happy Birthday Laney and Abby!!! I love how you are incorporating all of the cultural traditions. You are awesome!

Happy January!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to the lovely little ladies:) I am so glad you are continuing this blog. I feel connected when I get to follow along. Prayers are still flowing for an ever growing bond between children and family. Happy 2008!
Love,
Cousin Tiff

Anonymous said...

Dear Rett& T , IT WAS A GREAT PARTY AND THE GIRLS WERE SO FUNNY .THEY HAVE GROWN SO MUCH IN SUCH A SHORT TIME , SMILING AND GIGGLEING AND VERY CARE-FREE. TO SEE THEM PLAYING WITH EVERONE AND THROWING KISSES IS HEART HEALTHY FOR SURE.LOVE YOU"ALL AND HUGS AND KISSES BACK AT YA. LOVE MOM SADLER

Anonymous said...

Rett, Tony, Abby, and Laney! The girls are so adorable and I'm sure their first US birthday will be one for the books. It looks like they had a great time at their birthday! Can't wait to see you back at school. Continue to enjoy those girls! Happy Belated Birthday!
Vickie and Tom Avery

Lynnette said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAY DEAR LANEY & ABBYYYYYYYYY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUUUUUU!!! BEST WISHES FOR A BEAUTIFUL YEAR AHEAD AND CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT 18 OR 60 BIRTHDAY'S WITH THEM.

LYNNETTE

jkcm said...

Happy Birthday Laney and Abby! Forget what "they" say about the terrible two's, they're not terrible, they're terrific!!!!

Chase and Maryn Landis