Sunday, January 31, 2010

Saraa Turns One!

It doesn't seem like it could be, but little Saraa turned one a few weeks ago! 

We celebrate first birthdays in a big way in this family.  Daja gave her a western themed party that was a heapin' bunch of fun. 

Saraa's name means "moon" in Mongolian, so the themed music was "Buffalo Gals" because of the last line in the chorus:

Buffalo Gals, won't you come out tonight,
Come out tonight, come out tonight.
Buffalo Gals, won't you come out tonight,
And dance by the light of the moon.

Most of us came dressed in at least a bit of western duds. 

Daja served chili, cornbread, cole slaw, and potato salad on the cutest red, white, and blue table.

Sarah-Kate taught the kids a little dance which they had a hilarious time learning and performing.  And the parents thought it was just as funny.  Plus a whole lot of cuteness.

All the children got plenty dirty.  Which equates to a good time, right?

Saraa wondered exactly what was she supposed to do with this pretty rose cake with a horsey on top.


Ah, she figured it out!

I thought the placement of the gift table just made the prettiest little picture.

We (Papa and Nana) gave her two very special dolls, Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy.  She loved them!

One of the most special parts of the birthday celebration was Saraa being blessed by Jael, her godmother.  Of course, there were tears.  Jael takes the honor of being Saraa's godmother very seriously, as you could hear in the love she put into her blessing.

Every party is eventually over.....


  1. Saraa is just TOO CUTE at this age! I CAN'T get over her!!!

    Donovan is such a dork! lol See how he snuck into a whole mess of your pictures?! lol He's paying attention in that tree house though! :-) (Perfect pic with my kids not paying attention, as usual. It worked out this time.) :-)

    But he IS super cute walking away with his cake...hand in pocket of course! Where it stayed all day... :-)

    None of Belgee falling asleep???!??! lol

  2. Ahhh... that picture of Jael blessing the birthday girl just brought tears to my eyes.... sniff, sniffle sniff...

    And I don't know if I have mentioned it, but my Noah is quite enraptured with your Jael... or at least the pictures of your Jael. He caught a glimpse of her on your Nutcracker post... and I tell ya the boy just hasn't been the same since~♥~

  3. You got up your pictures before I got up mine!!!


    Thank you for coming, for all the fun, and the help and the presents.

    Love you, Daddy and Mommy/Papa and Nana!

  4. Anonymous8:57 AM

    What a beautiful, wonderful, blessed birthday party and what a lucky little girl that Saraa is!

    Of course her mama, daddy, grandma, grandpa and all the rest of her family would probably say THEY are the "lucky" ones... to have Saraa in their lives! :)

    Thank you for posting these pictures, Lady Dorothy. I always LOVE to come to your blog and see all the pictures you post. Makes me feel like I'm right there in California with ya'all! ;-) (Which is where I would love to be, by the way!!)

    Love you~ Andrea

  5. The picture of Jael blessing Saraa moved me to tears. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing these pictures and this story. So sweet.


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