Friday, the 9th, was actually Ilse's birthday, but all her family (in town) gathered on Sunday afternoon to celebrate. Mystie prepared a soup lunch and the rest of us all brought a dish or something to share. On Friday, Kirsten made a nice 3-layer decorated cake for a cake auction which we bought back to take to the party Sunday.
At Christmas Ilse experienced her first sugar cookie (she was quite rapturous over it), yesterday she had her first bite of cake.
Ilse needed a little help unwrapping gifts and her two brothers were happy to help her. Once the doll was out of the box, however, she was not willing for them to play with it.
After all the excitement the little Miss had to take a bit of a rest, so some played card games, some visited, Papa (my DH) read books to Jaeger, and Hans read some of his Little Bear book to me.