Rachel is an April Fool's Day kid (I know...I'm still waiting for someone to tell me the whole deaf thing is a big joke...) and she's 5 year's old! Boy, has she come a long way...We enjoyed a fabulous trifle made by Aunt DeAnn while we were in Milwuakee...Rachel shares her birthday with her Uncle Jonathan, who had prank cakes nearly every year growing up and warned me several times not to play jokes on Rachel every year for her birthday. Apparently he didn't really think his shaving cream cakes were very funny... We didn't celebrate on her real birthday because Christian was out of town and honestly, she's still young enough that she didn't know what day it was. So on Friday, two days later, we opened presents and ate cake. I let her pick a cake from Sam's (hadn't bought eggs, didn't have time to buy them and then make a cake) and expected her to pick something brightly colored but she chose the triple chocolate bundt cake...with neon blue, pink, and yellow ice cream (totally, inedibly disgusting ice cream). She was thrilled to get cards from Aunt Nancy, Brian and Amy and fam, Grampa Green and fam, and Grandma Sylvia...she loved her My Little Ponies and Littlest Pet Shop and is excited to have her own Webkinz so she can play like Hannah. We opted not to have a friends party this year, but every day since she's asked when her friends are going to give her gifts...Rachel has had a huge impact on our family. In the last five years I've been stretched as a parent in ways I never expected, and I've watched this little girl grow and defy her doctors' and specialists' expectations. As I watched her actually pay attention to General Conference this afternoon (watched the ASL interpreters on a laptop--bribed with candy, but hey, she watched), I was struck by how much she's grown.
(Check out the gold couch and green carpet...kind of miss that house!)(a.k.a. Bam-Bam)
(Before surgery #1 at Johns Hopkins, age 2 1/2)(Check out the harness she used to have to wear to keep her implant on...cute, huh?)Happy Birthday, crazy girl!