Happy Birthday, Madeleine CaiQun!

Today we celebrated our little Madeleine CaiQun’s 4th birthday!

The girls and I worked together this morning to bake a cake (pink velvet, per her request).



We actually turned half of the cake batter into these cake-and-frosting sandwich cookies that were pictured on the box that Miranda thought looked amazing.


And the other half we turned into this cake.


What can I say? The girl is into pink right now 🙂

We did just a little bit of school work, and she opened some gifts, almost all of which brought exclamations of delight!


The girls and I put together the puzzle that Miranda picked out to give to CaiQun as her gift.


This is the first time Miranda has been able to keep it a secret what she chose as a gift for her sister, and she was so proud of herself and so happy that CaiQun liked it 🙂

Last, but certainly not least, we sang to her and enjoyed that pink cake together!



This girl is such a sweetheart. She frequently takes the initiative to share with her sister and is quick to apologize for wrongdoing and quick to forgive. She goes all out in everything she does – she’ll sit determinedly and work on puzzles or artwork, but when it’s time to move, she takes off at full speed. She’s talkative and friendly, often regaling us and our friends with extensive reports of her latest activities or narratives about her babies and stuffed animals. She brings so much joy to our lives, and it’s such a blessing to get to watch her grow and develop. I’m totally in love with our little Madeleine CaiQun, who, 4 years old or not, is still my baby girl 🙂

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