Monday, November 30, 2009

Hali'a's Birthday Party

On Saturday, November 21st we had Hali'a's birthday party. It was so much fun to have family and friends over to help us celebrate!

Here are the gals baking cupcakes on Friday night...

As soon as Hali'a saw the cupcakes she wanted them!

and Hali'a pretty much gets whatever she wants...

yay, half way done!

Brushing her teeth for her big party...

and off we go...

Here's Jon cooking all the food for the party

We had so much fun! Thank you so much to everyone who helped us make Hali'a's first year a wonderful one!!

L.A. Zoo

On Wednesday, Nov. 17th, we went to the L.A. Zoo with Papa and Nanz. Jon had the day off so we all went. We had lots of fun looking at the animals...

Before we left home...(Hali'a kept telling us how old she was)
She was very excited to be at the Zoo!!

Watching the days she roars when we ask her what the Lion says.

Here she is telling us how old she is again...

Hali'a, the smallest giraffe there!

Jon, getting a kiss from the Mama Giraffe

Saying "Bye-Bye" to our zoo friends

She was so exhausted that she slept the whole way home!

Friday, November 27, 2009

November 17, 2009...Hali'a's real first birthday celebration.

We had to give Hali'a her favorite food for her birthday dinner...STEAK! As you can see, she was very impatient!

Yummy cake!!

She really loved the frosting!!

Playing with her birthday toy from Hilarie...thank you! She loves it and we love watching her dance with it!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

How old is the baby??

We had been trying to teach Hali'a how to respond to the question, "how old is the baby?" for about a week before her birthday. She would always try, but wasn't very successful. On the morning of her birthday she was sitting with us on our bed and Jon asked, "how old are you, Hali'a?" and her finger when straight up. I guess she was just waiting 'til it was really her birthday. What a smarty pants!! Unfortunately we didn't get that on video, but we did catch it at the mall...

Hali'a's Birthday Adventures

YAY!!! Hali'a is one year old!! It seems like the year has gone by so quickly! We can still remember when she came home from the hospital, weighing less than 4 pounds and look at her now!
She is talking, using sign language, eating table food, dancing, and has even taken her first few steps! She is so fun and happy all the time! She has the social and friendly gene from both sides of our family! She loves saying "hi" to EVERYONE...and she'll wave and continue to say "hi" until you say "hi" back to her! She loves music and is very ticklish. She loves meat and loves bird watching. Her new tricks include blowing kisses, using sign language to get more food, and putting our cell phones to her ear and saying "hi". Her favorite TV show is Sid the Science Kid (a great show for kids...very wholesome).
We can't believe it's been a year. We are so thankful for her wonderful spirit. We are also so thankful for our wonderful families and friends who have been so supportive and loving during Hali'a's medical trials and shared many memories with us during this eventful year!

Hali'a likes to show everyone how old she is...

Jon had to work on her birthday so we took her to the mall and let her ride all the kiddie rides...

and Hali'a's favorite ride....the motorcycle...