Sunday, March 9, 2008

Princess Fun!! Happy Birthday Katie Min Min!

One of the hidden blessings in our adoption of Lia was meeting a group of people that would truly become like family to us. We were delighted, after submitting paperwork to China, to find two families who lived within 30 minutes of us and were using the same agency! Not only did they live close by...we were all on the same timetable and traveled together to bring our daughters home. We formed an adoption support group of sorts with a few other families, who although were using a different agency, were on the same timeline. Since returning home from China, we have added several families as we meet them and our group now has about 10 active families. We get together every few months to celebrate birthdays, holidays and the odd luau (mostly because who can resist the sight of little girls in grass skirts??). As we have added families, we have also added children through adoption and the old fashioned way too! As you can imagine, as the group has grown, so has the fun and merriment. I look forward to our get togethers more than almost anything else we do!

...so you can imagine how very excited we were to be invited to celebrate the BIG "3" of our pal Katie!! Not only would we see our dearest friends and be treated to fabulous food......but Lia was invited to dress as her favorite Disney Princess!!!! We could hardly stand the wait!!!

Jen and Dan graciously threw open their doors and we all got down to some serious birthday fun! It was another one for the books! We will revel in the wonderful memories for some time to come! Enjoy the pictures...but please note that I am going to have to learn to snap faster...I am telling you...two and three year old princesses are extremely fast moving targets!!

Mulan (Hannah) and Cinderella (Lia)
One of our newest princesses, Belle (Lotus)
Belle #2 (Emma) intent on making the best crown ever!
Snow White (Mia)
Tinkerbell (Maddie)
Belle and Cinderella (sisters!) (Jade and Hayley)
Sleeping Beauty (and birthday girl!) Katie Min Min
Forget the Mamarazzi....these princesses want to play!

12 comments:

Denise C said...

Oh Kate,
Those are the sweetest pictures of you darling Asian Princesses ever! I love the one of them going up the stairs to play.....so cute...they are "over" the photo-shoot hee-hee!
What a blessing to be able to spend time with your travel group...and also to invite new friends in....I can see and feel the special bond you have with them by reading the post! What precious friendships you have built not only for yourselves but for your daughter to carry with them for a lifetime! Oh what sweet blessings!!!
Thanks for sharing!!!
((hugs))

missy said...

What an absolute delightful birthday for any little girl! Looks like fun was had by all. They are just beautiful!

Jen said...

Kate,

Thanks for the great post about Katie's party. It was a whirl-wind of fun. I wish I had a picture of all the princesses together but like you I could not get them to stop moving. You got some great pictures. I love the one of the girls running up the stairs.

Jen

Laurie said...

LOVE these pictures, especially the last one- adorable!! That's so great you live near travel buddies!

Lori said...

Oh so much princess fun! :)

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Can I just say this is so sweet it makes my teeth hurt??? I am slightly jealous but so glad for you that you and Lia have such a fun network of friends to celebrate milestones with. I've been lacking that here and that's why my blog buddies are so precious to me!

It looks like Princess Katie and her royal subjects had a spectacular day.

Hugs,
Lisa

Jodee Leader said...

Great princess pictures! Looks like a blast!

Erin said...

Oh, to see a flurry of "princess behinds" scurrying up the stairs just truly makes my day!

Jboo said...

Such beautiful princesses! What fun to have special friends nearby. The girls are all so cute!

Janet

Jenn said...

Oh my goodness!! Look how cute they all are!! I can't wait to have my Karleigh Mei here---it's been a lonnnggg time since we've had a little girl in the house (our girl's are now ages 15 and (weep!) 21). Love all the shots the mamarrazi was able to get! :o)

Rony said...

Kate. Truly the cutest of the girls in their princess dresses!! If they could just stay that age forever.

Kerry said...

gorgeous little princesses! Looks like they were in their glory.
Hugs,
Kerry