I can not believe that this girl is 11!



Hanan is growing up too too fast! She has the BIGGEST heart I’ve ever seen. She feels everything BIG. When she loves, it’s from her toes. When she hurts, it hurts all over. She is chock full of compassion and wants to help every living creature. In true Hanan fashion, when she’s mad, she’s also mad all over. She tries to be just and fair. She helps me so much with Bria and Jack, constantly entertaining them. I just love this girl! It was her day for attention in the family and she managed to soak it up. 

In a first world sort of sense, we haven’t really celebrated her birthday yet. Having a birthday on July 3rd stinks sometimes. She’s found her birthday timing is better than her siblings as it falls almost exactly 6 months after Christmas. She spreads the loot out. Falling on a holiday weekend, poor Hanan never gets to celebrate with her friends on her big day. Some are with family on island, which we all know is important. Some are with family on the mainland. So, we wait… Until then, we had a little family celebration.

We made a trip to Target and Hanan used her birthday money to buy a bean bag chair for her room. That is a tiara on her head, it was one of Bria’s. It says, “Happy Birthday” and it didn’t leave her head the entire day. She opened a few family gifts. Arleigh and Bria used their own money to spoil her with all things One Direction. Hanan has recently stepped on the Directioner Bandwagon. I think she has one happy cousin. (Tori) A quick change into her new Nial shirt and we were off.

Hanan asked to eat at Bucca di Beppo. I can’t believe we’ve been here for a full year without trying it. We’ve heard other people raving about it. It totally met our expectations. They take you on a tour through the kitchen before seating you. We started with a GIANT tray of bruschetta. I didn’t think there was any way we eat it all. I was shocked. The kids… even the ones that I have to beg to eat veggies were scooping out the tomatoes to finish it off. It was sort of like watching a pack of lions take down a large animal. Scary how fast they devoured it. Of course, I may have had a piece… or two. 



We tried hard not to order too much. At Bucca, things are served family style. We still took home enough for everyone to have lunch the next day. A group came out to sing to Hanan.



Then we dug into a big old tiramisu. Hanan is a girl after her Grandma’s heart. It is Grandma’s all time favorite desserts. I’m pretty sure we’ve added it to the top of our sweet eater’s list of favorites.

IMG_4851After dessert, we headed upstairs to watch Despicable Me 2. It was cute. I still say the writers must have been spying on us because those three girls have personalities that exactly match my three girls. It’s almost strange to watch, right down to the shoes and iPods being the same. All is all, I think it went down as a great night.

Happy Happy Birthday Hanan! We love you!