spread out over a couple days
starting with her first carousel ride
with lots of tissue paper
a cake made by Grammy
that lasted seconds before she destroyed it.
For her first cake
she did a fantastic job.
We had fun just watching her.
A birthday hat (in her birthday suit),
more presents including her first baby doll,
A fancy dress from The Disney Store
made special by being picked out by Ji’chan.
She is his princess and clearly adored.
And that was all before her birthday, because she woke up to a breakfast party
and party favors
and fancy straws
and her balloon from church last night.
We even washed her dress so she could wear it again.
Yes we went overboard without intending to.
We gave her a couple more gifts
and then went for her one year well baby appointment.
She is healthy which was our other birthday wish
and we feel a bit in shock.
Paul even remembered, as we drove to the doctor,
that morning a year ago when he first met his baby sister
as he described how tiny she was I couldn’t help but cry.
They are happy tears but really I can’t believe our little girl
is turning one today.
She has been our “cherry on top” which Joe
describes in the analogy of our life
feeling a bit like a sundae we don’t deserve.
We love you Miss Olivine.
Happy belated birthday to Miss Olivine!