And the birthday celebrations continued

Friday, March 20, 2015

Madeline's actual birthday started off early in the morning with some flowers and gifts to open.
Then it was time to head to Epcot to enjoy lunch with the princesses.  
Let me tell was HOT.  And there isn't much shade at Epcot.  So waiting outside in Norway for the royal family to be called in to the banquet hall was a test in patience. But the girls managed to toss leaves into the water, while the boys and mama snapped photos and tried to stay cool.
When we were finally called in, it was time to change the girls into their dresses.  Since none of their dress up dresses were in good shape, we opted to let them wear their dresses from last Easter.  Thankfully they still fit!
Before we even had time to grab appetizers from the buffet, the princesses started coming around to the tables.
They were all so sweet with the girls.  It was so cute to witness.  And Caleb was a trooper through it all.  I think being a "Disney adult" and ordering salmon off the adult menu probably helped. lol  After changing back out of their dresses, Madeline was given a birthday cupcake and card signed by all the princesses.  She was tickled.
After lunch we headed over to China.  We all arrived safely and with no jetlag.  I wish it was that way every time we went, but we'll take what we can get.  We always go to see the Reflections of China 360 movie. Caleb especially loved hearing about Marco Polo, as we studied him and his travels for school all of last year.  He and Madeline also both enjoyed pointing out all the places they've been to in Beijing.  It made my heart swell.
This next photo is for my friend Donna.  She called me out on not paying attention to posing the dumplings when we visit Jinci Temple in Taiyuan when bringing Havi home.  I did better this time. ;)
Before leaving the World Showcase and heading over to Future World, the girls got their faces painted.  Although Madeline is not animal lover, she picked the cat princess because she couldn't resist the glittery crown. And Havi is about all things "Frozen". So she picked the snow princess.
Since the Flower and Garden Festival was happening, we ventured over to the Butterfly exhibit.
Then it was time for mama and the older two dumplings to hang out with Nemo.  Havi has just become terrified of dark enclosed spaces/rides.  She will NOT go on a ride like this one.  Makes me sad.
But she did enjoy all the marine life after the ride.
And this last photo was my feeble attempt at getting all three dumplings together for a shark attack.  That's Caleb's baseball cap between the girls, really.  Photo fail.  Oh well.

We had a grand time celebrating Madeline's birthday all week long.  It's hard to believe she's already seven years old.  Seven!  Where oh where does the time go?!  Madeline, you are beautiful, smart, loving, funny, clever, loud, girly, and simply amazing.  We love you so much, girl!  Happy 7th Birthday!!!!


Deb 3/20/2015  

Love these photos, sis! And are you sure she didn't turn 8? She is so grown up!!! Can't wait to see you all!

June K 3/20/2015  

TFS Madeline's 7th birthday at Epcot. I enjoyed seeing all the pics and your tales. :)

docjim505 3/20/2015  

We are planning to take our little girl to Disney in several weeks (her first visit). Do I take it that the dinner at "Norway" was good? My wife and I enjoyed the dinner we had a few years ago in "Germany", but we don't know anything about Norwegian food.

Was Mulan around?

michele 3/24/2015  

Awesome pictures! They all had a great time. Havi can hang out with Aunt Shell anytime she doesn't want to go on those dark enclosed rides, I don't care for them much myself!

Mom2Six 4/24/2015  

Too funny! Somehow I lost the link to your blog and just now found it again and saw this post

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This blog is the place where shared our lives while waiting to bring our daughters Madeline and Havi home from China. (Our son Caleb was already home before this blog began.) It is now the place where we continue to share our life experiences, both big and little, as we try to glorify God and raise our 3 dumplings from China.

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