There are no updates to report – we’re still working things out right now. We sincerely appreciate your prayers and thoughts…and will update as soon as there is an update to be posted.
So while we wait, I thought I would post about something happy. Iliya’s 5th birthday party. Oh, it was so much fun, but the fun was still a little bittersweet (for me, at least), because - Where has the time gone?!
It seems like we were just celebrating Iliya’s 2nd birthday.
Yes, where has the time gone?!
Well, instead of lamenting the quickly lapsing time, let me tell you about Iliya’s party. When we thought we would be traveling at some point this fall, I really wasn’t sure about whether or not I would be able to do a birthday party for Iliya. I thought that, since his birthday fell on Thanksgiving Day, we would just celebrate at our various get togethers over the holiday. But then, he began asking about a party…and listing out the friends he wanted to invite. So, I felt bad and thought we might just do something small at a local park.
Enter my sister, who asked if I would like her to plan a party. Especially considering our potential absence at said party. That way, we knew the show could go on, regardless of our involvement in the planning. So I took her up on it.
And that girl can plan a party! She ended up going with a Candyland theme. Just about the only quasi-creative thing I did for the party was to create the invitations.
For nothing else can I truly take credit.
See how much fun? She literally made all of this from scratch… I was so impressed!
There were lollipops made from plates, pieces of candy made from paper lanterns, banners, and even larger-than-life (old scho0l) game pieces!
Since the decorating would take up so much time and I 1) didn’t want Iliya in the way, and 2) wanted him to see the finished product on the day of the party, we sent him packing to spend the night away from home. He and my dad went to eat breakfast the next morning, while we decorated, and when they arrived at our house, someone was very excited about what he saw!
He had to check everything out…after he gave the welcome game piece a hug, of course.
Sarah had set up quite a few stations, carnival-style. There was a sweet shoppe, where children decorated their very own gingerbread-shaped sugar cookies…
…a gumdrop guess…
…a crown making station, face painting…
…a gumball relay…
And so much more!
There was birthday cake…
…which a certain little boy thought was soooo cool.
He had several friends, from both church and school, attend (whose photos are not online, because I haven’t cleared it with their parents). And I think he felt pretty special.
He definitely felt FIVE!
Happy birthday, my precious boy!