"I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life;
to put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die, discover that I had not lived." ~Henry David Thoreau

Monday, January 19, 2009

Hailey's Birthday- Round 2

Today was Hailey's actual birthday. I truly do love my kids equally, but there is always a different feeling in my heart on Hailey's birthday than there is on the other kids' birthdays. If you know what we went through to get Hailey here and what we went through afterwards, you can understand what I mean. January 19th 2006 holds a lot of mixed feelings with it. So much took place surrounding that time and sometimes I don't know how we survived it. But when I look at Hailey today, I thank God that we did and that we have grown from that experience. And my feelings toward Hailey today...well let's just say I can't look at these sweet pictures and not get a lump in my throat. I love her more than I'll ever be able to describe in words. I am so thankful to be her Mommy and to get to watch this bundle of happiness grow each day. She truly is a ray of sunshine.

It was perfect timing that today was MLK day and Cody had the day off from work. We got to lazy around a little and have fun doing nothing during the morning. Then Ethan headed off to Luke's house for a play date (those boys are becoming fused at the hip!). I loved that I could spend one-on-one time with Hailey while Lauren napped and Dad did guy things. I gave her a birthday manicure and pedicure and french braided her hair while we watched "Ariel's Beginning".

Then we picked Ethan up from Luke's house and we all ate dinner at McDonalds. This is a rare treat for the kids and all day Hailey had been saying "I can't wait to go to Old McDonalds!" I love that she calls it that. After dinner and playing we swung by Baskin Robins to get an ice cream cake. At home we had another celebration. While we sang to Hailey she led the music and sang LOUDER than anyone. It was the cutest thing!
Showing off her newly painted hands and feet.

Happy birthday Miss Hailey- we love you!!!


Jeanette said...

Honestly, I think her feet are tinier than my 12 month old's! Tiny and purple polish. ::Cute::

Ev said...

PS-I'm totally getting her some jeanie pajamas for her 8th birthday. BWA HA HA HA!!!

Heather said...

You guys just make the cutest kids, love these pics!! Happy Birthday Hailey!!!