Allie turned 18 today!
Yes, the celebrating began early with gifts and cake on Sunday, gifts arrived on Monday for Allie from her parents...and today is IT...another full day to celebrate Allie.
We began with a zoom between Allie, her academic advisor at UNCO and myself at 0745. It was good to talk to Kate and get her input on the course we've charted here for Allie and ASL. She agrees we should continue with the one on one tutoring through the summer and fall semester. She said passing the SLIPI (Sign Language Interpreter Proficiency Interview) was an excellent goal.
We also discovered there is a hold on Allie's account and have plans to take care of that tomorrow.
We finished the zoom and began our celebrating. Allie had requested Sticky Toffee pudding for her birthday dessert. Stacia made it a day early so it would set a bit before she began shaping and decorating it. NO, you do not usually frost nor decorate this rich dessert. Stacia, however, was determined to have it be a bit more special than the normal "pudding." She wanted a cake in the shape of an 18.
|Allie is excited about the process.|
|Alas, Jojo missed out on the fun.|
|A journal from Alex|
|Sweatshirt with a joke from one of her favorite shows|
|Panda Express card from Alex and Nolan|
Bag of Ghirardelli Chocolate from Nolan
|"What's the worst that could happen?" |
All 7 of us drove in. CoRielle and the boys came. Krista drove up from Anchorage. Carrie had to work, but Cy and Livie came. Jared and Jamin were also there. It was a treat for us to watch everyone interact, laugh and truly enjoy each other. A lot less rushed than Easter.
|Arielle, Danny & Uncle Nolan|
|We took over this section.|
|Benny loves chow mien|
|Benny, Livie and Auntie Allie|
Allie is 18. Her heart for God amazes us. She pursues Him hard. We look forward to watching His plan unfold in her life as she follows him day by day. Allie is incredibly empathetic, a trait God is sure to mature and use even more in her life. We love you, Allie.