Saturday, September 12, 2015

Jessie is Three Years Old!

This past week our daughter, Jessie, turned three!
I can't believe this princess is now officially a three-year-old!

Here are a few photos from her birthday festivities! 

We made cupcakes for Jessie's birthday.
My girls love helping me bake things, so I thought it would be fun to make cupcakes for Jessie's birthday.

Jessie raising her hand saying, "Me! Me!"  She wanted to put the batter in the cupcake mold.

Big sis helping out too!

We threw a little party for Jessie the day before her actual birthday. 
At the last minute we invited our dear downstairs neighbors to join us in singing "Happy Birthday," and luckily some of our friends just happened to be there visiting so we invited them to join the party too.
This is very Brazilian! The more the merrier! 

Felipe's mother and sister traveled all the way from Belo Horizonte to celebrate Jessie's birthday!
It was so nice to have them spend the weekend with us. 

 Singing, "Happy Birthday" to Jessie.  She was shy and a bit scared of the candles.  We had some sparkling ones on the table and she did not like them one bit!

The kiddos hanging out afterwards! 

 The day after Jessie's little party, on Jessie's actual birthday, our special visitors had to fly back home.

After dropping off our family at the airport (and Jessie cried non-stop because they had to go), we decided to take Jessie on a special birthday outing. 

We had a little bit of time to kill before picking up Sophia from school, and stopped at a nearby mall to grab an icecream and play a bit in an indoor play center.  We never take just Jessie out for fun outings without Sophia, so it was a nice treat for her.

We sang "Happy Birthday" one more time to Jessie the night of her actual birthday, September 8th.

Some of Jessie's favorite things at age THREE:
                                         Favorite color: Orange
                                         Favorite song:  Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
                                         Favorite food:  Rice & Beans (She's a true Brazilian)
                                         Favorite fruit:  Apples
                                         Favorite treat:  Ice Cream
                                         Favorite thing to do: Sing! Jessie actually sings more than she talks. 
                                         Favorite animal: Cats
                                         Favorite toy:  Any kind of baby doll!
                                         Favorite book: Brown Bear
                                         Favorite show: Super Why!
                                         Favorite game: Memory  


Our adorable little Jessica Hope is such blessing to our family!   
Her kind and gentle nature brings a such a spirit of sweetness, peace, and joy to our home.

It is our prayer that Jessie will continue to develop and grow up healthy and strong.  May she grow into a woman who knows and loves the Lord God, and walk closely with Him. 
  
May Jessica Hope, fulfill the meaning of her name... May she be one who is  "rich in hope," and may her life serve as a testimony of God's unchanging goodness and faithfulness.  

We love you sweet Jessie!  
You are a big girl now!

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